Judge dismisses global warming lawsuits against oil companies by CA cities

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against five oil companies filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland that alleged that oil companies were responsible for global warming and should be forced to pay billions to mitigate the effects of climate change. U.S. district judge William Alsup, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the suit largely on jurisdictional grounds, agreeing that global warming is a problem but that the courts are not the place to address it. Wall Street Journal: "The dangers raised in the complaints are very real," he wrote.  "But those dangers are worldwide.  Their causes are worldwide.  The benefits of fossil fuels are worldwide. 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." The ruling is a blow to an emerging legal campaign by cities and municipalities that are trying to argue that oil and gas companies...(Read Full Post)

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