Posted BY: | NwoReport
California has filed a civil lawsuit against major oil companies, including BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and the American Petroleum Institute. The state alleges that these companies deceived the public about the environmental risks associated with fossil fuels, particularly their contribution to climate change-related events such as storms, wildfires, heatwaves, and droughts. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, strongly criticized these oil giants, holding them responsible for billions of dollars in damages incurred by Californians due to wildfires, toxic air pollution, heatwaves, and droughts.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in San Francisco, demands accountability from the oil and gas companies and calls for creating a fund funded by these companies to support recovery efforts following climate change-related disasters. The legal complaint, spanning 135 pages, presents evidence that these corporations were aware of the detrimental effects of burning fossil fuels on the climate as far back as the 1960s. Despite this knowledge, they downplayed the risks in their public statements and marketing campaigns.
Furthermore, the lawsuit highlights that company scientists had knowledge dating back to the 1950s about the catastrophic consequences of climate change, emphasizing the limited time frame for governments and communities to respond effectively.
California’s legal action against major oil companies signals a significant step towards holding corporations accountable for their role in exacerbating climate change-related disasters. Governor Newsom’s criticism underscores the state’s commitment to protecting its citizens from the devastating impacts of climate change. The lawsuit seeks not only to establish culpability but also to secure financial resources from the fossil fuel industry to aid in the recovery and mitigation efforts necessary in a world increasingly affected by climate change.