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Maui Group’s response to Maui County’s intent to file suit against fossil fuel industry

Today, Maui County announced its intent to file a lawsuit to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for their role in the climate crisis. For over fifty years, the fossil fuel industry knew that their products—oil, gas and coal—would cause detrimental impacts to the world’s climate. Instead of acting for the greater good, the industry doubled down on production and spent millions on alternative science and misinformation campaigns. 

In response to Maui County’s announcement, the Sierra Club Maui Group has released this statement:

“Every day Maui Nui battles with the hardships of the climate crisis,” said Rob Weltman, Maui Group Executive Committee Chair. “This crisis was made worse by the fossil fuel industry’s well-funded deception campaign that delayed action on climate change and made them billions of dollars. At the same time, just three feet of sea level rise will cost Maui County alone $3.2 billion in loss of residential structures and land—in addition to creating conditions for more severe hurricanes, wildfires and droughts. This litigation empowers the County to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers while holding the industry accountable for its contribution to the climate crisis. It makes sense for Maui County to file suit now, to stand-up for its residents and hold the industry responsible for misleading the public and policymakers about the immense risk their products pose to people and the planet.”

Contact Marti Townsend, Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi Director for press inquiries.

Learn more and take action at sierraclubhawaii.org/climate

Read more on sea level rise impact costs at: Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report, page 98

“This Changes Everything” at the MACC

This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs The Climate

Watch a talk Naomi Klein filmed at First Parish in Cambridge. Ms Klein is the author of <em>This Changes Everything</em> which was made into a movie and is being shown at 7:00pm<strong> on </strong>Tuesday,October<strong> 20</strong> at the MACC. This piece runs a little over an hour.

Klein has been exploring the interface between environmental degradation and capitalism since her first book, No Logo, appeared in 1999. Her provocative new book, <em>This Changes Everything</em>, argues that carbon is not the ultimate cause of climate change; the real enemy is capitalism. She provides a far-reaching explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Who benefits from the status quo? How deeply are the current power structures embedded in our political economy? How difficult will it be to change them?

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of The New York Times and international bestseller, <em>The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism</em> and <em>No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies</em>, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.”

You can also watch this online: