Nicole Pinko

Corporate Analyst and Engagement Specialist

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Nicole Pinko is a corporate analyst and engagement specialist with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She works on accountability campaigns for fossil fuel companies, including overseeing corporate campaign research, facilitating rapid responses to developments in and around the fossil fuel industry, cultivating investor and shareholder allies, engaging directly with UCS campaign targets, and writing reports. See Nicole's full bio.

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2019 Year in Review: The Times When Fossil Fuel Companies Misled Investors

It’s holiday season; a time for tea, hot chocolate, and staying home under the blankets.  And as you watch your Hallmark movies/listen to Christmas carols/scroll through social media, you’ll likely be inundated with ads from fossil fuel companies and industry groups, each claiming to be part of a clean, green, new energy future. Read more >

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ExxonMobil, BP, Shell Oppose Methane Regulation Rollback, Here’s What Else They Should Do

The industry has claimed that the rollback won’t affect emissions due to voluntary measures being taken by oil and natural gas companies, but that’s not accurate. Even EPA Administrator Wheeler has admitted that relaxing regulations will increase methane emissions, but that it’s worth it to save the industry a mere $17-19 million per year. By comparison, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods was paid $17.5 million in 2018. While the Administration *may* claim that there is no clear study or endangerment finding on methane to underpin federal regulation, that’s simply counter to science, common sense, and public interest. Read more >

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Climate Risk Disclosure Act Is Good for Your Investments

This legislation is desperately needed – our economy is so interconnected, and the effects of climate change so far-reaching that no publicly-traded company is untouched by or immune to climate-related financial risks. Companies will emerge with more robust climate plans, and investors will (finally) have a mandated climate reporting framework that will allow them to evaluate and compare the climate risks in their portfolios. Read more >

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Chevron Earns Shareholder Distrust on Climate Action

At the end of last month, I attended the Chevron Annual Meeting. While this year’s meeting received significantly less attention than the ExxonMobil meeting, where attendees had to pass a 100-foot-long banner on the climate crisis, or the BP meeting, where some attendees staged a crime scene in the middle of the CEO’s opening remarks, Chevron did not escape activist pressure. And despite its efforts to keep a low profile about its meeting, Chevron faced shareholder discontent over its dedication to climate inaction. Here’s my take on the end of a proxy season in which oil and gas company decisionmakers showed why two-thirds of people in the US distrust fossil fuel companies. Read more >

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips Climate Risk Reports Miss the Mark

ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips downplay the urgency of climate change and the depth of emissions reductions that are needed, and generally assume that they’ll continue to come out on top. Read more >

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