Exxon pushes back on California cities suing it over climate change


“The oil giant is attacking its accusers through a Texas court, similar to how it tried to block investor fraud investigations by New York and Massachusetts. Exxon and 36 other fossil fuel companies became the target last year of civil lawsuits by four coastal cities and three counties in California that demand the companies take financial responsibility for infrastructure upgrades to offset the effects of climate change.

The lawsuits accuse the companies of knowing for nearly five decades “that greenhouse gas pollution from their fossil fuel products had a significant impact on the Earth’s climate and sea levels.” (A 2015 investigation by InsideClimate News showed through Exxon’s own documents that the company’s scientists warned its top executives about the risks of climate change as early as the 1970s and 1980s.)”

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