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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ExxonMobil Versus Chevron: Fight for Second-to-Last Place Among Fossil Fuel Companies Has Begun

Soon it will be annual general meeting (AGM) season. Much like last year, UCS will be attending the annual meetings virtually due to the pandemic. I’ll be addressing three broad themes here – EU versus US climate action, the need for climate lobbying disclosure, and Chevron and ExxonMobil’s fight to not be the worst. Read more >

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Three Ways Climate Disclosure Helps Everyone

Climate risk, be it physical risk from climate impacts or financial risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy, poses a systemic threat to the US and global economy. Corporate America, particularly the fossil fuel industry, is both contributing to climate risks and facing climate risks—which seems like a paradox the industry should pay closer attention to. The accurate and comparable disclosure of climate risks is a necessary first step in the swift and deep decarbonization that is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Disclosure on its own is not enough, as there is no silver bullet to eliminate climate risk, but disclosure is a vital part of a necessary climate package. And disclosure has real-world positive impacts for communities, investors, and the everyday person. Read more >

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ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Chevron Climate Pledges and Actions Fall Short

In an unexpectedly less terrible turn of events, 2020 has seen several oil and gas companies announce more ambitious climate targets. Just last week, ConocoPhillips released a new “net-zero” climate ambition, becoming the first US oil and gas company to do so. While that breakthrough looks impressive at first glance, we’ve found some glaring deficiencies in the company’s recent announcement. Read more >

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An Unusual Annual Meeting Season Saw Investors Ratchet Up Climate Pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron

Earlier this year, we promised to watch fossil fuel companies’ statements and actions carefully over the annual general meeting season. A diverse array of climate-related issues were again on company agendas at this year’s annual meetings. The recent shift from financial institutions, even if small, speaks to climate activism’s influence, but if climate activism has taught us anything, it’s that words without actions do not and cannot count as progress to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Read more >

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BlackRock Faces the Reality of Climate Activism

It’s been a big year for BlackRock, which joined the Climate Action 100+, an influential climate shareholder advocacy group, back in January just before Chair and CEO Larry Fink’s annual letter to CEO’s laid out climate-related financial risks as a key long-term concern for shareholders. The next few weeks will show everyone if BlackRock really means business when it comes to climate action – its vote could make or break climate-critical resolutions at ExxonMobil, Chevron, and JPMorgan Chase. Read more >

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