How This Insurance Company is Undermining Climate Action

Originally published on Public Citizen’s website.  Since American International Group (AIG) crashed in 2008 because of its reckless bets on financial products linked to predatory mortgage lending, the insurance giant has faded from the headlines. And its CEO, Peter Zaffino, is far for a household name. But we should all pay more attention to AIG …

Small climate steps by U.S. insurers lag behind leaps by global competitors on oil and gas, with new coal increasingly uninsurable

13 global insurers have restricted support for oil and gas expansion, increasing pressure on U.S. insurers to follow suit 18 October 2022 – This year steps by U.S. insurers look out of touch with the escalating pace of climate impacts. Global insurance company restrictions on oil and gas are finally starting to catch up with …

A Race to the Middle: North American Insurers Lag Behind European Progress on Oil and Gas

As the global insurance industry’s move away from oil and gas picks up momentum this year, the largest North American fossil fuel insurers – even those who have made significant strides, by North American industry standards—lag behind. Some Bermudan insurers are stepping up to fill the leadership void across North America. This brief delves into …

Brief: Fossil Fuel Insurers Invest Billions in Climate Chaos

American International Group (AIG), Berkshire Hathaway, Travelers, and Chubb are among the ten insurers that collectively invested over $59.7 billion in fossil fuels in 2019, finds an analysis released today by Insure Our Future, Public Citizen, and Rainforest Action Network.  The brief analyzed 2019 data released in April 2022 by the California Department of Insurance …

Top North American Fossil Fuel Insurers Invested $59.7 Billion in Fossil Fuels, Analysis Finds

New brief shows that fossil fuel insurers are heavily exposed to fossil fuels, with $30.8 billion in oil and gas holdings as of 2019. WASHINGTON, D.C – Analysis finds that North American fossil fuel insurers had $59.7 billion in fossil fuel investments—including $30.8 billion in oil and gas—according to recently released 2019 data. The brief …

70 Organizations and Groups Renew Pressure on Insurers to Cut Ties with the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Today, 70 Indigenous rights, climate, environmental, consumer rights, and community organizations and groups sent a letter to 22 insurers that are at risk of insuring the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project and the existing Trans Mountain pipeline network.  Read the letter to Trans Mountain’s likely remaining insurers here. The recipients of the letter were: AIG, …

Recap: Insurers Faced Unprecedented Investor Action on Climate in 2022 Shareholder Season

This spring, investors mounted an unprecedented challenge for climate action at the largest U.S. fossil fuel insurers, proposing a number of independent resolutions and spotlighting key director votes at AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers. Key Takeaways U.S. insurers faced unprecedented challenges from investors who are increasingly concerned about the risk that climate …

The Insurance Industry is Attempting to Weaken Climate-Related Regulation

Today, think tank Influence Map released a report that details the US insurance industry’s efforts, via their trade associations, to weaken climate-related regulation of insurers. The findings provide evidence that, contrary to public statements made by insurers about the grave risk that climate change poses to their industry and the economy, insurance trade associations are …

AIG’s New Climate Commitments a Major Step Forward for Insurance Industry’s Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

Insurance Giant Rules Out Support for New Coal, Tar Sands, and Arctic Energy Exploration Projects and Commits to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 for Underwriting and Investments WASHINGTON, D.C. – American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) today announced major new company-wide climate commitments, including commitments to no longer provide underwriting and investments in the construction …

Major Insurers Invest US $7.9 Billion in Oil & Gas Companies Active in the North Sea

February 8, 2022—Since 2019, 15 of the world’s major insurance companies have invested US $7.9 billion in companies conducting oil and gas drilling in the North Sea, which lies between the British Isles and mainland Europe. The research was conducted by Profundo and published by The Ferret. U.S. companies AIG and Travelers were among the …

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