On May 31, 2016, Resolute Forest Products (RPS) sued environmental group Greenpeace in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
RPS claims Greenpeace violated federal racketeering, trademark, and defamation laws, as well as Georgia state law barring tortious interference with Resolute’s operations.
Resolute claims Greenpeace’s six-year-old boycott campaign, titled “Resolute: Forest Destroyer (RFD),” falsely accuses RPS of destroying endangered forests and species, exploiting aboriginal peoples, and impairing the ability of the boreal and coniferous forests to mitigate climate change.
Greenpeace has already suffered a legal setback in Canadian courts since it started the RFD public relations campaign. In March 2013, Canadian courts required Greenpeace to apologize to Resolute and offer an official “Notice of Correction” concerning statements it made suggesting Resolute had violated the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
Despite this setback, Greenpeace has continued...
Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on May 9, the Obama administration had engaged in “bad faith” in its handling of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
CEI made its FOIA request to investigate assertions made by the White House about the existence of human-caused global warming.
Mehta’s ruling is a victory for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has long challenged the science behind...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to cease funding the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), one of six clean-coal-energy projects promised under DOE’s Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI).
The decision marks the fifth time DOE has pulled the plug on a clean-coal project.
DOE cited an inspector general’s report showing the project was well over budget and behind schedule when announcing its decision to cease funding the project on May 13, 2016. The original funding agreement, which was...
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