fossil fuels

What do all these cities and counties hope to get by suing oil companies?

Essentially, municipal governments want the fossil fuel companies to pay for the costs of dealing with climate change. Taxpayers can’t pay the bill to mitigate climate-related disasters such as coastal and inland flooding; hurricanes, droughts, heat waves and wildfires. The companies are accountable for a substantial portion of those climate crisis-related impacts, because they are responsible for an increase in CO2 emissions; the greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Consequently, the local governments believe they should pick up the cost of protecting public and private property.

—David Hasemeyer

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