- California has filed a lawsuit against some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, alleging they have been lying about how fossil fuels has contributed to climate change, which has spawned more and more-powerful storms and wildfires.
- The civic suit was filed in state Superior Court in San Francisco and argues the storms have caused billions of dollars in damage and seeks compensation through a fund, financed by the companies.
- “For more than 50 years, Big Oil has been lying to us – covering up the fact that they’ve long known how dangerous the fossil fuels they produce are for our planet,” Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday. “California taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for billions of dollars in damages.
- Among those named in the suit are Mobil, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and BP and the American Petroleum Institute
“This ongoing, coordinated campaign to wage meritless, politicized lawsuits against a foundational American industry and its workers is nothing more than a distraction from important national conversations and an enormous waste of California taxpayer resources,” API said in response to the suit.