Kathy Mulvey

Climate accountability campaign director

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Kathy Mulvey designs and leads corporate accountability initiatives and campaigns at UCS, conducting research and analysis, engaging corporate targets, building coalitions, and mobilizing experts and supporters. See Kathy's full bio.

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Before Bailing Out Fossil Fuel Companies or Their Bankers, Congress Should Read This

A new report released last week by a range of organizations provides valuable information and guidance that might help us rebuild the economy and the energy system around principles of justice, transparency, and science-based decisionmaking. It may not be top of mind as the world faces a growing pandemic. However, it includes research that legislators should bear in mind as they consider economic stimulus measures, potentially including aid to banks and fossil fuel companies that are behind the climate crisis which still looms. Behind the COVID-19 threat, our climate emergency continues to require swift and deep emissions reductions to ensure a stable climate. Read more >

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Three Reasons Investors Should Give ExxonMobil’s 2020 Climate Report the Thumbs-Down

Yesterday, ExxonMobil quietly published its 2020 Energy & Carbon Summary, the company’s latest report in response to rising shareholder demands for improved climate risk disclosure. While the report came without fanfare, you can bet that ExxonMobil will be hammering away at these talking points in the lead-up to its annual general meeting in late May. My hot-take: investors should not be duped by this slick, self-serving attempt by the oil and gas giant to claim that it’s doing its part to address climate change. Here are three reasons why. Read more >

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US Companies, Are You Serious about Climate? Here’s How You Prove It

Update 10/31/2019: Adds new final paragraph

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and ten other organizations that engage with businesses on environmental issues are setting new standards for corporate leadership on science-based climate policy.

Published as an open letter in The New York Times, the framework includes three essential actions that businesses serious on climate action must take:  Read more >

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Reality Bites: Fossil Fuel Companies Face Climate Liability Claims After Decades of Denial

Fossil fuel companies knew they were damaging the planet—and spent millions to mislead the public. Is the law about to catch up with them? Read more >

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Votes of No-Confidence in ExxonMobil’s Climate Leadership

Before entering ExxonMobil’s annual meeting in Dallas last week, shareholders had to pass local activists holding a 100-foot-long banner with the message “Climate Crisis: #ExxonKnew—Make Them Pay.” I attended the meeting for the fourth year in a row and was not surprised that, once inside, shareholders wanted a voice in the company’s handling of climate change issues. ExxonMobil blocked them from voting on shareholder proposals specifically about climate change, so they used every opportunity to express their discontent with the company’s climate action. Despite the spin that shareholders “rejected” the climate-related proposals, the results are actually a vote of no-confidence in how ExxonMobil’s leadership is addressing climate change.

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