Judge throws out climate change lawsuit against ‘Big Oil’

Posted: June 26, 2018 by oldbrew in Accountability, Legal, News

An ambitious attempt to extort vast sums of money from the oil industry, by using the US legal system to bypass normal democratic political process on the pretext of supposed climate problems, has drawn an expensive blank in court.

San Francisco (AP) — A U.S. judge who held a hearing about climate change that received widespread attention ruled Monday that Congress and the president were best suited to address the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming, throwing out lawsuits that sought to hold big oil companies liable for the Earth’s changing environment.

Noting that the world has also benefited significantly from oil and other fossil fuel, Judge William Alsup said questions about how to balance the “worldwide positives of the energy” against its role in global warming “demand the expertise of our environmental agencies, our diplomats, our Executive, and at least the Senate.”

“The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case,” he said.

Alsup’s ruling came in lawsuits brought by San Francisco and neighboring Oakland that accused Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP and Royal Dutch Shell of long knowing that fossil fuels posed serious risks to the environment, but still promoting them as environmentally responsible.

The lawsuits said the companies created a public nuisance and should pay for sea walls and other infrastructure to protect against the effects of climate change — construction that could cost billions of dollars.

The Oakland city attorney’s offices did not immediately have comment.

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  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:

    John Cote, a spokesman for the San Francisco city attorney’s office, said the office was reviewing the ruling and would decide its next steps “shortly,” but the lawsuit had “forced a public court proceeding on climate science.”

    “We’re pleased that the court recognized that the science of global warming is no longer in dispute,” he said.

    Is rather like this quote from Star Trek Deep Space 9;

    Bashir: They broke seven of your transverse ribs and fractured your clavicle.
    Garak: Ah, but I got off several cutting remarks, which no doubt did serious damage to their egos.
    Bashir: Garak, this isn’t funny.
    Garak: I’m serious, Doctor. Thanks to your ministrations, I am almost completely healed, but the damage I did to them will last a lifetime


  2. ivan says:

    Judge Alsup has shown once again that he doesn’t like bullshit in any form. The US needs more judges like him dealing with ‘glo bul warming’ issues.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Footnote by Ron Clutz:

    It will be claimed that the court has confirmed dangerous man made warming. But IPCC science was stipulated by both plaintiffs and defendants, so there was no disagreement for the court to resolve. The science was not at issue between the parties. It doesn’t mean the science holds up under scrutiny, only that such examination was not pertinent here.