Cities’ Climate Impact Lawsuits Borrow Tactics from 1980s Tobacco Fight
In a move reminiscent of the tobacco lawsuits of the 1980s, San Francisco and Oakland are demanding billions of dollars from five fossil companies to help them protect themselves from sea level rise brought about by climate change.
The two separate lawsuits claim that Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell “knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now, and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property,” Reuters reports.
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“The lawsuits are the latest in a growing body of legal action against oil companies over climate change,” the news agency notes. “Marin and San Mateo counties and Imperial Beach, California, in July brought similar public nuisance and failure to warn lawsuits alleging climate change impacts.”