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Fidelis becomes first North American insurer to restrict support for the oil and gas industry

Bermudan insurer extends the scope of existing coal policy to all fossil fuels September 30, 2022 (Bermuda) – Setting a precedent for the North American insurance industry, Fidelis has announced a suite of ambitious climate policies that restrict underwriting for oil and gas activities, including fracking, Arctic oil and gas, and tar sands, as well …

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 …

Film Screening Connects Protection of the Arctic with Connecticut Insurance Company Decisions on Support for Drilling

Hartford, CT – The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign, CCAG and Sierra Club are hosting a film screening and discussion of The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness this Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. The 19.6 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are full of life and history. …

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, …

Climate Activists Rally Outside Marsh McLennan HQ in NYC, Citing Pipeline Support

See photos from the action. A growing movement is demanding that the world’s largest insurance brokerage drop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Friday, July 1 (New York, NY) – Today, activists rallied outside the headquarters of Marsh McLennan, urging CEO Dan Glaser and other top executives to cut ties with the East African Crude …

Climate Activists Rally Outside Travelers Championship Tournament in Cromwell

Local residents bring message from global campaign calling on the insurance giant to stop underwriting fossil fuels VIDEOS/PHOTOS HERE Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Sierra Club Connecticut and the Insure Our Future Coalition rallied outside the Travelers Championship Tournament in Cromwell, chanting “Travelers underwrites climate change!”  Approximately 50 Connecticut-based climate activists marched alongside the TPC River …

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 …

Fossil Fuel Insurers will Ignore Climate Change at Their Own Risk

The insurance industry, which is highly exposed to the risks of climate change, has quickly turned away from coal projects in recent years. Ignoring the signs of the times, three U.S. insurance companies continue to offer a lifeline to the expansion of coal production. It is no coincidence that all of them are led by …

Utilities Struggle to Insure New Coal Power, Contracts Reveal

Inexperienced insurers now underwriting operating coal plants as mainstream companies increasingly exit market Utilities are struggling to find insurance to build new coal power outside China, finds a report released today by the Insure Our Future campaign and Korean non-profit Solutions for Our Climate, which have obtained documents providing a rare snapshot of the state of …

Survey of Over 300 Insurance Professionals Finds They Want Climate Action from Their Employers

A recent survey of 345 insurance employees and risk management students found that the majority are deeply concerned about climate change and want the industry to address it.

NEW REPORT: U.S. Insurance Companies Undermine Climate Targets by Supporting Oil & Gas Expansion and Providing a Last Lifeline to Coal

The U.S. insurance industry is undermining efforts to meet climate targets by continuing to support new oil and gas production, the Insure Our Future campaign reveals today in its fifth annual scorecard on insurers’ climate policies.

NEW REPORT: U.S. Companies are Rife with Fossil Fuel Ties & Conflicts of Interest

Action at The Hartford’s offices today calls for ouster of Director Michael Morris  October 7, 2021 — Twenty percent of directors at US insurance companies have worked in the fossil fuel industry, according to new research by investigative reporters at DeSmog. When the analysis is expanded to include ties to the largest emitting companies and …

Open Letter Calls on Insurers to Cut Ties with Trans Mountain, As Key Pipeline Insurance Policy Expires

Indigenous, environmental, and climate groups sent an open letter to twenty insurance companies that have failed to rule out insuring the Trans Mountain pipeline network.

Following Pressure from Community Groups and Campaigners, Liberty Mutual Pauses Plans to Build Australian Coal Mine

April 29, 2021 (Queensland, Australia) – Insurance giant Liberty Mutual has indicated that it will not move forward with a massive proposed new coal mine today, after facing a sustained, years-long campaign against the project from local communities in Central Queensland, Australia and pressure from the US-based Liberty’s Climate Crisis coalition. The Environmental Impact Statement …

Senators Whitehouse, Warren, Merkley, and Van Hollen call on U.S. Insurance Companies to Act on Climate Change

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2021)–A letter spearheaded by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) asks AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, Liberty Mutual, Travelers and other US insurers to explain how their fossil fuel underwriting and investment policies align with their sustainability commitments. The letter was also signed by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Van Hollen …

Connecticut Bill Would be Nation’s First to Mandate that Insurance Companies Disclose Fossil Fuel Premiums

A hearing is being held tomorrow on Senate Bill 1047, which would also require disclosure of insurers’ fossil fuel investments

Liberty Mutual Slammed for Enabling the Climate Crisis

Liberty’s current climate policies and practices are not in line with keeping global warming below catastrophic levels, according to new analysis released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

Indigenous, Climate Activists Demand Liberty Mutual Stop Insuring Destructive Tar Sands Pipelines

Boston, MA (October 2, 2020)—Activists took to the streets today to demand that Liberty Mutual stop insuring and investing in the pipelines that devastate Indigenous rights and the environment. Liberty is backing the expansion of tar sands pipelines across North America, including the controversial Keystone XL and Trans Mountain pipelines. Tar sands are among the …

In Industry First, 60 Companies Call on U.S. Insurers to Drop Fossil Fuels

Washington, DC (September 17, 2020)—Nearly 60 businesses from across the country issued a statement today calling on the US insurance industry to stop insuring and investing in the fossil fuels driving climate change. Signatories include Ben & Jerry’s, Aspen Skiing Company, Burton Snowboards, Patagonia, Bigelow Tea, and Seventh Generation. This marks the first time that …

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