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California sues oil giants for downplaying risks posed by fossil fuels

The state of California has sued major oil companies including Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), Shell PLC (SHEL.L), and Chevron Corp (CVX.N), accusing them of playing down the risks posed by fossil fuels, according to a court filing on Friday.
The lawsuit, which also targets BP (BP.L) and ConocoPhillips (COP.N), alleges the energy giants' actions have caused tens of billions of dollars in damages and accuses them of deceiving the public, the filing in a superior court in San Francisco showed. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade group, has also been listed as a defendant in the case, according to the filing. California has sought the creation of an abatement fund to pay for future damages caused by climate-related disasters in the state, the filing showed.California Governor Gavin Newsom, said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, "California is taking action to hold big polluters accountable."
The legal action follows dozens of lawsuits filed in recent years against the fossil fuel industry by states and municipalities across the United States broadly alleging harms from climate impacts including extreme weather.
The American Petroleum Institute said that climate policy is for Congress to debate and decide, not the court system, in an emailed response to Reuters.
Shell echoed that sentiment in an emailed statement, saying "We do not believe the courtroom is the right venue to address climate change."
BP declined to comment while Chevron and ConocoPhillips did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment. Exxon Mobil could not immediately be reached.
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  • Johannes Luiga

    39 w

    A very important step!

    • Tabitha Kimani

      39 w

      The mess caused by fossil fuels to the climate will take ages to restore. The extreme weathers are all over the world now and it will only get worse. Let those accountable take charge.

      • Gorffly mokua

        40 w

        Great! Lets hope that the victims will be brought to account!!

        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          40 w

          Let them be sued they deserve it

          • johnte ndeto

            40 w

            Fossil fuels have done no good to our climate

            • CHRIS NGATIA

              40 w

              This should be a warning to all stakeholders dealing with fossil fuels ....

              • Annett Michuki..

                40 w

                they did the right thing

                • Sarah Chabane

                  40 w

                  This is fantastic and can have great repercussions! The Governor of California is not playing and deserves climate love 💚

                  • rosebellendiritu

                    40 w

                    Many stakeholders ignore the fact that fossils are very dangerous and hence should be banned and/or minimized,hoping all these lawsuits Materialise

                    • Princess

                      40 w

                      This legal action emphasizes the need for transparency and accountability in addressing climate change and advocates for cleaner, sustainable energy solutions.


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