by Countable | 1.24.18
Since the summer of 2017 a growing list of cities and counties are filing lawsuits against oil companies over climate change. The suits allege that the companies knowingly engaged in business that was detrimental to each localities economy, infrastructure and environment, violating state "nuisance laws". Some seek unspecified damages, some seek for the companies to fund climate change mitigation efforts.
Most are seeking to use the verifiable rise in sea level, which is attributed to global warming, to support their cases.
Here’s the current list of plaintiffs:
Supporters are calling the lawsuits the next big strategy in combating climate change, mirroring prior tactics used against Big Tobacco, but critics question the validity of the plaintiffs legal claims. Energy attorney Scott Segal told the Washington Post the suits were unlikely to succeed because any one company could not be pinned with specific causation:
"Commentators have suggested that nuisance law, a relative backwater in property law, is based upon conditions in which there are distinct producers and recipients of pollution. However, in the case of global climate change, a molecule of carbon is literally around the world in seven days. The requisite causation needed for nuisance suits is missing and unprovable."
Do you support these suits or not? Do you think they’re a potentially effective way to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for their part in advancing global climate change, or do you think the suits are misguided?
Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!
— Asha Sanaker
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They should include the Liar in Chief in their lawsuits since he's undone all the regulations put in place by the previous administration. Greed is what fuels this administration, look at who's the Sec. of State, the oil tycoon Rex Tillerson. Let's have a look at all the lawmakers stock portfolios and I guarantee you they all hold fossil fuel stock, I'm sure mineral stock as well. These greedy lawmakers don't care about the destruction of our air, earth and water. They're only concern is making themselves richer. And then they make tax laws to make themselves even more wealthy...
I agree with this. Since the government isn’t doing its job it’s up to states, cities and the American people and the courts to do so
Big oil is on its way out! Take the 30 % tariff off solar components and foster a strong solar energy production. Create jobs!
California & NY are only states with cities involved. More liberal nonsense wasting the courts time
Get outta here with this nonsense. You're going to sue a company for pollution even though your entire life depends on the products it produces? Can you be any less self-aware?
The oil companies control national policy, resulting in the poisoning of our air, soil and water. This is what free market capitalism has done to Mother Earth. Lawsuits are the free market capitalism way of letting those who can afford it, to get away with murder.
Love that local governments are taking action. But am really angry that congress and this illegitimate administration are abandoning their responsibility and the American people in regard to our environment.
Another frivolous lawsuit to waste taxpayer money. As if we don’t have enough of our money being wasted.
We need to get serious about Climate Change. If this won’t get politicians’ attention, I don’t know what will.
I really don't think this lawsuit will go anywhere. There is MUCH better uses for taxpayer money.
Let the people in these cities/counties walk or bike to work from home, heat their homes and offices with dried cattle dung, do without electricity, and live without all those plastic bottles $4.00 a pint water comes in. Bunch of wild eyed Liberal Progressive snivelers who have absolutely no concept of energy, capitalism, or the real world. They have absolutely no comprehension of first person research and instead believe every spun up and hyped piece of biased pontification with their eyes completely closed to the truth. Pretty shameful.
This is nothing more then liberals bullies. When they don’t get their way the take their case to the liberal judges who know longer follow law but go with political correctness. Not one dime to pay these thugs. Trump got us out of that ridiculous Paris agreement that spent $82 trillion in its completion and would only get a 3° C difference in global warming. In two days there will be a 3° difference in temperature and it won’t cost us anything. Don’t give these bums anything!
Climate Change is invertible, we have had it many times even without oil companies. But suing is just a way for lawyers to make money. It does not benefit the residents or consumer one bit. What a waste of money on attorneys.
Litigating climate change is totally INSANE !!! Climate change is an obvious fraud. Hopefully countersuits will bankrupt a few cities with unhinged officials.
Good. I support the polluter pays principle and hope more cities, counties and eventually states join these law suits. There is evidence big oil understood the health and environmental risks yet proceeded to extract and sell to maximize profits. Win or lose, the facts will become part of the public record and discourse.
That’s not going anywhere!
California probably is Included in this Crazy Suit!
The lawsuit is only valid if these cities are completely oil-based free. No cars, no plastics, petroleum. Only the Democratic Party could combine Liberalism and Socialism.
It’s a new level of arrogance to believe we can alter the earths weather patterns. New studies have also shown that the changes could be due to regular heating cycles in the earths core, but I’m sure that will be discounted because it doesn’t fit the agenda of fearmongering the left is using.