California Cities Sue Oil Companies Over Climate Change

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September 23, 2017

californiaCity attorneys in San Francisco and Oakland, California, sued five oil companies in two coordinated lawsuits on Tuesday, arguing that the courts should hold these companies responsible for climate change, and force them to financially compensate the cities for harm the plaintiffs claim those companies are causing to the planet’s environment.

The two cities are suing five of the top petroleum companies from around the world: BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, and Royal Dutch Shell. These local municipalities are suing them under California law for being a public nuisance.

The lawsuits use virtually identical language, like accusing the oil companies with language such as, “For decades, Defendants have known that their fossil fuels pose risks of ‘severe’ and ‘catastrophic’ impacts on the global climate through the works and warnings of their own scientists or through their trade association.”

The cities’ complaints impugn the worst possible motives to the oil companies, comparing their actions to a sustained “propaganda campaign to deceive the public” to encourage “fuel consumption at levels that (as Defendants knew) [were] certain to severely harm the public.”

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • roboteq says:

    If there were no fossil fuels (alleged), these morons would be suing alternative power sources for not being able to provide enough energy to sustain the needs of their citizens. I just hope I am still alive to see the day that we admit that oil is abiotic and abundant in quantities that will never run out. That will be an interesting time for any opponent of oil and gas usage to exist.

  • Bob says:

    I wonder if I could get their lawyers to help me. I want to sue Hustler Magazine for my carpal tunnel. Can we next sue the agricultural or mining industries for earth quakes? Better still. sue ranchers for the methane form their cattle causing global warming.

  • gvette says:

    LOL..this is known as a frivolous lawsuit! Then again, it’s from the nuts in CA.

  • astrojohn says:

    If the case gets to the 9th Circuit, of course the plaintiffs will win, then it will be overturned by sane minds.

  • CBUJAN says:

    CALIFORNIA IS A GROWING CESSPOOL OF COMMUNISTS / MARXISTS FROM GOVERNOR Brown ON DOWN….
    THEY ARE THE FESTERING TURDS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS DISGUSTING PIT…….
    AMERICA’S ONCE BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA IS NO MORE AND NEVER WILL BE AGAIN…..
    SHE HAS BECOME AMERICA’S VENEZUELA…….
    AND UNDER HER LEGISLATURE, THINGS ARE BECOMMING WORSE……
    SOCIALISM , COMMUNISM, HOLLYWOODISM AND ILLEGAL ALIEN SHITISM HAS DESTROYED THIS BEAUTIFUL STATE….
    255,000 people have been leaving California ever year for the last ten years.
    GOD BLESS OUR BELOVED AMERICA……
    KEEP HER SAFE FROM THE ‘DEVILS’ WITHIN….

  • Mike N says:

    The solution if for the oil companies to stop selling oil and gas to CA. The probably see this lawsuit as a means to fund their socialist society. They probably have run out of rich people since the Hollywood elite are probably protecting their wealth.

  • tryscavage says:

    California is experiencing the end point of ‘Socialism’. They are running out of the money taken from every member of the State to give a pittance back to the people and also pad their pockets with the rest so that they can feel like the supposed ‘elite’. They are afraid that they will now be caught and will do ANYTHING to get money – not money for the State – money for themselves.

  • TexRancher says:

    California loved all the money they got from oil companies so will they be giving that back? Are they not co-conspirators for investing public funds in oil companies? Are there any cities in California that didn’t profit from them in some way? Hypocrites!

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