California sues Big Oil for its role in climate change
The lawsuit comes after years of extreme weather events that have damaged the state's environment and economy.
California is suing Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron over their role in causing climate change.
According to this NPR article, the suit alleges that the companies misled the public for decades about climate change and should be required to help fund recovery costs associated with climate-change intensified extreme weather events, such as drought and wildfire.
“Oil and gas companies have privately known the truth for decades — that the burning of fossil fuels leads to climate change — but have fed us lies and mistruths to further their record-breaking profits at the expense of our environment. Enough is enough,” said the state's Attorney General Rob Bonta in a statement released on Saturday.
The companies responded by saying that courts aren't the place to address climate change and that industry and government should pursue a collaborate approach. "Smart policy from government and action from all sectors is the appropriate way to reach solutions and drive progress," Shell spokesperson Anna Arata said in a statement.
California's lawsuit is the latest of a growing number of legal actions being taken by local governments against the world's top fossil fuel companies. It will be interesting to see what comes of their efforts.