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Sarah Chabane

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Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican municipalities are suing ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron for denying the impact of their products

Puerto Rican municipalities have filed a lawsuit in federal court against ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and others for downplaying the impact of their products on Puerto Rico and the climate. The case highlights the role that the "production, promotion, refining, marketing, and sale of fossil fuel-based consumer products played in causing the losses, deaths and destruction of property resulting from the catastrophic storms of September 2017" that caused an estimate of 4,600 deaths in Puerto Rico and argues "for the losses and economic damages the Defendants’ acts continue to cause, accelerate, and contribute to the deleterious alteration of Puerto Rico’s climate, thereby damaging the Municipalities of Puerto Rico, and damaging the health, safety, and welfare of the people who reside in the Municipalities" The group of 16 municipalities filed what they called a first-of-its-kind lawsuit last week against about a dozen fossil fuel companies and others. The towns say the companies coordinated a multibillion-dollar "fraudulent marketing scheme" to convince consumers that fossil fuel products do not alter the climate. That campaign ran contrary to the companies' own studies showing their products accelerate climate change, resulting in more deadly storms, the lawsuit said. The municipalities said the companies outlined a plan of deception in a joint memo that took aim at international climate negotiations in the 1990s. The coordinated deception spanning decades violates U.S. racketeering and antitrust laws among others, the suit claims. This is such an interesting and powerful case, I really recommend you read the Nature of the case part: Read more about this first-of-its-kind lawsuit:

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  • We Don't Have Time

    19 w

    Dear Sarah Chabane Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Puerto Rico and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

    • Tabitha Kimani

      25 w

      The companies must be held accountable for their contribution towards climate change and help pay for the costs.

      • Johannes Luiga

        25 w

        We need to stop big oil

        • Edwin wangombe

          25 w

          These oil companies should be sued... As all they do is put profit over people

          • Timothy Ndegwa

            25 w

            This is really great when polluters of environment are held accountable for their acts, optimistic about the verdict

            • Marine Stephan

              25 w

              I love seeing Oil companies being taken to court!!! Let's hope the outcome of this trial is positive

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