Over 200 Texans and Louisianians Travel to NYC Seeking Environmental Justice and End to Sacrifice Zones

Events and actions will be held from June 24-28 targeting banks, insurers, and supporters of industries polluting gulf communities New York, NY — Community leaders, elders, young people, and families from the U.S. Gulf South will converge on Wall Street to demand that major financial institutions including BlackRock, Bank of America, Citi, Chubb, KKR, Mizuho, …

Climate Activists at Travelers Golf Tournament Call Out Fossil Fuel Investments

Cromwell CT – June 20, 2024 – Yesterday, a group of Connecticut climate activists attended the Travelers Championship Golf Tournament Pro Amateur event and handed out golf towels to tournament attendees with the inscription “Dropping Policyholders Is Not a Climate Solution.” More than 100 towels were distributed to the crowd. The New York Times reported …

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Climate Change Upending Insurance Markets, Making Insurance Less Affordable, More Difficult to Find

In Budget Committee Hearing, Senators do a deep dive into the climate crisis’ impact on the insurance industry, finding disturbing systemic impacts that will undermine the system.  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Budget Committee on the Budget held a hearing this morning detailing the impacts climate change is having in states across the country. …

Insurance Companies Feel the Heat on Climate Change and Human Rights at Annual Meetings

Insurance giants AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, Fairfax Financial, Markel, The Hartford, and Travelers faced shareholder resolutions, questions from concerned investors and activists, and demonstrations outside of their general meetings. Concerned investors and activists focused their attention on these North American insurers in the past month over insurers’ lack of due diligence with respect to Indigenous …

Analysis: Chubb’s new conservation and methane standards remain inadequate but should exclude support for EACOP

New criteria falls short of aligning with 1.5°C San Francisco – In a SEC filing of “Additional Proxy Soliciting Materials” Chubb quietly updated its oil, gas, and conservation policies. RAN’s analysis, released ahead of Chubb’s Annual General Meeting Thursday, May 16th, has concluded that while the updates are a small improvement, the loopholes and narrow scope result in policies …

Connecticut Climate Activists Rally at Travelers Shareholder Meeting

Hartford, CT — Today, Connecticut climate activists returned to the Travelers Annual Shareholder meeting to demand the company take real action on climate change and human rights. Activists from Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG) and Third Act CT circled the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Hartford, while inside, activist shareholders engaged with management on the dangers …

80% of employees are ready to take action on climate change at work

As one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel insurers, insurance giants like Travelers can play a pivotal role in reaching global climate goals. As Travelers prepares for its annual general meeting, it faces a critical moment—yet again—to align its practices with the climate and human rights expectations of today’s workforce and Travelers’ community. Climate-Conscious Students …

Campaigners Demand ‘Polluters Pay’ as Insurance Industry Meet for Inaugural Sustainability Summit

Today, as the insurance industry convenes for the first Global Sustainable Insurance Summit in Los Angeles, the 32 campaign groups of the Insure Our Future network have sent a letter to the world’s leading fossil fuel insurers, detailing how they can accelerate the transition to a clean and just energy economy.   Demands in the letter …

California Homeowners Face Billions in Property Loss from Climate-Related Insurance Non-Renewals

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ insurers—that restricted coverage in California citing climate risks—have $113B of investments in and $3.6B of underwriting income from fossil fuels. California homeowners face a potentially staggering economic blow due to climate-related insurance non-renewals. Insure Our Future’s analysis finds homeowners could lose between $9.87-32.1 billion in property value as a result of more …

Factsheet: The Future is Uninsured

This fact sheet was developed as a companion piece to Analysis: California Homeowners Face Billions in Property Loss from Climate-Related Insurance Non-Renewals. Page 1: Page 2:

Connecticut To Make Insurance Companies That Enable Fossil Fuel Projects Foot Bill For Climate Disasters

Innovative approach by lawmakers in the ‘insurance capital’ has national significance as soaring insurance premiums driven by extreme weather strain household budgets countrywide HARTFORD, CT – Today, the Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee voted to approve the Governor’s Climate Resiliency bill (SB11) with an amendment that advances a climate resiliency fund to support communities in …

Millions of Consumers Lack Vital Homeowners Insurance, Resulting in $1.6 Trillion in Unprotected Market Value

Originally posted on Consumer Federation of America.  Washington, D.C.—A new report by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) reveals that over six million homeowners lack homeowners insurance, leaving them dangerously unprotected from natural disasters and other significant damage that might happen to their homes. The report estimates that 7.4% of all homeowners in the country are uninsured, accounting …

Connecticut Considers New Bill to Make Fossil Fuel Polluters Pay for Soaring Climate Costs and Insurance Premiums Borne by Communities

Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, made a record breaking $55.5 billion dollars in 2022 profits as the climate crisis devastated communities. Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Insurance and Real Estate committee held a hearing last Thursday on S.B. 1115, An Act Establishing a Surcharge on Insurance Companies in this State …

Connecticut’s Insurance and Real Estate committee holds public hearing to lower insurance premiums and invest in environmental justice communities

The Insurance and Real Estate committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow to lower insurance premiums and invest in environmental justice communities. When: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 2:30pm Where: CT General Assembly, Room LOB 2A, 210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106 Streaming Link: YouTube Live INS  Hartford, CT – On Thursday, the Connecticut Insurance and …

The Hartford’s Net Zero Announcement More Marketing than Climate Action

HARTFORD, CT (April 07, 2022) – Today, The Hartford announced a goal to achieve net zero emissions “for its full range of businesses and operations” by 2050. It did not provide any additional details on short-term actions, interim targets, or metrics to measure progress on emissions reductions. In response, Tom Swan, Executive Director of Connecticut Citizen …

New Analysis Debunks Climate Action Claims in AIG’s ESG Report

Public Citizen released an analysis of AIG’s first ever “Environmental, Social and Governance” (ESG) report, in which the insurer affirms its underwriting and investments in the fossil fuel industry. Advocates find that AIG has not taken adequate climate action given its lack of restrictions on fossil fuels.

Why are Connecticut Climate Activists Rallying at a Golf Tournament? The Climate Crisis is Why.

In April 2021, Travelers, the second-largest property and casualty insurer in the US, announced plans to become carbon neutral across its owned operations by 2030. However, that commitment failed to address Travelers’s massive contribution to climate change: its underwriting and investment portfolios.

In Global First, Connecticut Passes Bill Addressing Insurers’ Participation in Risky Fossil Fuel Finance

The Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill implementing the state budget, which includes a provision requiring the Connecticut Department of Insurance to address the climate-related risks of insurers. This provision, Section 346 of the bill, will be the nation’s first law requiring insurers to address climate risk.

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

Los Angeles City Council Passes Motion to Screen Insurers for Fossil Fuel Policies

The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion to evaluate the city’s prospective insurance carriers based on their underwriting and investments in fossil fuels.

Coal Exit Policies Add Billions of Dollars to Insurers’ Shareholder Value, Analyst Report Suggests

The following commentary by Peter Bosshard first appeared in Environmental Finance. Climate campaigners have pushed insurance companies to exit the coal sector for many years. They have now received support from an unexpected source: financial analysts. “We think the insurance sector’s most important contribution to ESG is exiting coal underwriting”, a recent report issued by the …

Somerville and Cambridge Join Growing Trend of Cities Calling on Insurance Companies to Stop Insuring and Investing in Fossil Fuels 

Two recent Massachusetts city council resolutions are part of a growing trend of local legislators and fiduciaries pushing insurance companies to take responsibility for their role in the climate crisis.

Massachusetts State Legislators Call on Liberty Mutual to Cut Ties with Fossil Fuels

In an open letter penned to Liberty Mutual CEO David Long, the group of 38 state senators and representatives wrote: “Now more than ever, the insurance sector must accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by phasing out fossil fuel insurance and investments. As the fifth-largest property and casualty company worldwide, Liberty Mutual is in a unique position to push for an energy transition at a global scale.”

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