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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The Proof is in the Pudding: Wading into Fossil Fuel Company Reports

Every February through May, I sequester myself away to read company reports from major fossil fuel companies. It usually gets off to an exciting start in early February when ExxonMobil and Chevron release their shareholder-mandated climate risk reports – this year though, things started early when ExxonMobil released its climate risk report this week. Then we have the months-long deluge of annual reports, SEC filings, sustainability reports, and finally proxy statements. In all, it’s over 500 pages of corporate accounting, advertising, shareholder reassurance, and spin. Read more >

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Will Climate Change Impact My Retirement? CalPERS, CalSTRS Reports Shed Some Light

Adrienne Alvord contributed to this report

Imagine that you had $650 billion. After you Scrooge McDuck into a swimming pool of gold coins, you’ll probably want to put some of that money into the stock market. But with the ongoing climate crisis, you’ll need to think carefully about what climate-related financial risks your investments might face. Read more >

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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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