Danielle Fugere, President & Chief Counsel, leads As You Sow’s program teams in creating lasting social and environmental change through shareholder advocacy and legal initiatives. She brings an in-depth knowledge of clean energy, sustainability, and team building to her work. Danielle previously served as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, focusing on environmental health and water protection; as Western Regional Program Director for national nonprofit Friends of the Earth, she spearheaded innovative climate change strategies and directed campaigns to promote sustainable alternative energies and fuels.
Through her work, Danielle has been instrumental in securing industry conversions to environmentally sound technologies and securing compliance with environmental laws. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
These strong standards are imperative for U.S. automakers to stay competitive in a global market. Companies rarely achieve greater pollution reductions than required by law. So a weak standard in the U.S. can easily put U.S. automakers behind the curve. The European Union plans to meet a fuel standard of 56.8 gallons by 2021. China set their standard at 47.7 gallons by 2020. India, South Korea, and Japan all have comparable fuel-efficiency goals as well.
The SEC is not meant to protect ExxonMobil from important shareholder questions. Rather, the proposal process is intended to allow an open discussion between shareholders and their company.
The automotive sector has a key role to play in helping to prevent climate change. Transportation accounts for more than 27 percent of U.S. greenhouse emissions. Given the accelerating pace of climate change and its devastating impacts, greenhouse gas emission reductions by the auto sector -- a key contributor of these gases -- must accelerate and must do so in the short term.
That which we call cocoa, by any other name would smell as sweet, but the same can’t be said for lead and cadmium. While dark chocolate is often marketed as healthful because it contains antioxidants, it also frequently contains lead and cadmium, an attribute not marketed to consumers. You’d be amazed at what a little sugar can cover up.
Transition or trial? Response or responsibility? Fossil fuel companies must face these choices head on as they increasingly find themselves in the cross hairs of climate-related litigation. The harms of a warming climate are no longer theoretical — or in someone else’s backyard...
The oil and gas industry has an opportunity. As climate change related destruction grows, it is clear that we must quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions or face increasing destruction of our lives, the economy, and the environment. Acknowledging this, 196 nations have signed the Paris Agreement and put plans in place to begin decarbonizing the economy.