Divest New York: The City of New York, C40, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Climate Litigation

The Newcastle Law Review, Forthcoming.

46 Pages Posted: 26 May 2019 Last revised: 25 Jul 2019

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Matthew Rimmer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Date Written: October 5, 2019

Abstract

In a case study of the City of New York, this paper explores and analyses civic, municipal narratives about climate activism, local government, fossil fuel divestment and climate litigation. Part 1 considers the integral part of the City of New York in the establishment and the evolution of the C40 Network. Part 2 focuses upon the fossil fuel divestment decision of the City of New York, and its commitment to reinvestment in respect of renewable energy and climate solutions. Part 3 examines the unsuccessful climate litigation by the City of New York against a number of major oil companies for damage caused by climate change, and the prospects of a future appeal. This paper contends that the City of New York provides an exceptional example for other cities seeking to support climate action.

Keywords: New York, C40 Network, Fossil Fuel Divestment, Climate Litigation, Cities, Climate Change, Climate Policy, Climate Action

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Rimmer, Matthew, Divest New York: The City of New York, C40, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Climate Litigation (October 5, 2019). The Newcastle Law Review, Forthcoming.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3379421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3379421

Matthew Rimmer (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) ( email )

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Brisbane, Queensland QLD 4000
Australia

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