Perspective

There are 31 homicides every day in the United States of America.

Attorneys general from Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands announced Tuesday that they will follow the lead of California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harrisand New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman and launch their own independent investigations into whether Exxon Mobil Corp. misled investors and the public about climate change risks. Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Maura Healey said at a news conference in New York that her office had a moral obligation to act.

“Part of the problem has been one of public perception,” Healey said. “Certain companies, certain industries, may not have told the whole story.” Seventeen states and territories — including Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut and the District of Columbia — are working together to explore legal avenues for fighting climate change, said Schneiderman, who led the event.”

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Here are some highlights from Crime in the United States, 2014:

  • There were an estimated 1,165,383 violent crimes (murder and non-negligent homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults) reported by law enforcement.
  • Aggravated assaults accounted for 63.6 percent of the violent crimes reported, while robberies accounted for 28.0 percent, rape 7.2 percent, and murders 1.2 percent.
  • There were an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes (burglaries, larceny-thefts, and motor vehicle thefts) reported by law enforcement. Financial losses suffered by victims of these crimes were calculated at approximately $14.3 billion.
  • Larceny-theft accounted for 70.8 percent of all property crimes reported, burglary for 20.9 percent, and motor vehicle theft for 8.3 percent
  • Police made an estimated 11,205,833 arrests during 2014—498,666 for violent crimes, and 1,553,980 for property crimes. More than 73 percent of those arrested during 2014 were male.
  • The highest number of arrests was for drug abuse violations (1,561,231), followed by larceny-theft (1,238,190) and driving under the influence (1,117,852).”

Exxon’s unusually long and pointed statement criticizing the probes said the company recognized the risks posed by climate change. It said any assumption it withheld information on the topic is “preposterous” and based on a “false premise that Exxon Mobil reached definitive conclusions about anthropogenic climate change before the world’s experts and before the science itself had matured, and then withheld it from the broader scientific community. In her emailed statement to Reuters, McCarron noted that Exxon scientists had participated with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

2014 saw 19 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that took the lives of 18 people.

Former Vice President Al Gore today lauded what he called “the best, most hopeful step” in years to contain global warming: 16 state prosecutors joining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s crusade against energy giants that they assert have fraudulently fought caps on greenhouse gas emissions.”

An unprecedented push by the state court system to wipe out the large number of languishing criminal cases in the Bronx didn’t eliminate the problem, but it did significantly reduce it, statistics revealed Wednesday.

The number of felony cases that are over two years old has been slashed from 952 to 397 in the past year, while the number of pending cases overall is 3,880, compared to 4,775 at the beginning of the year, the state Office of Court Administration said.”

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4 responses to “Perspective

  1. how would these prosecutors establish damages? Using IPCC estimates? Would the courts have scientific trials in which regional impact on Massachusetts is established? What if it’s positive?

  2. Your essay discusses one of the most troubling aspects of this out of control social mania. We are on deep trouble

  3. This is a deliberate attempt hatched over several years to mount a tobacco type of legal action against the oil industry. No doubt the targets’ pockets are deep, but damage settlements are unlikely. Instead the goal is to discourage investors and cause bankruptcy. Ironically it is renewable companies filing for protection from creditors these days.

  4. Your essay discusses one of the most troubling aspects of this out of control social mania. We are in deep trouble

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