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July 20, 2018

New York's Global Warming Suit Against Oil Companies Tossed

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Bloomberg – A U.S. judge threw out New York’s lawsuit seeking to hold five of the world’s biggest oil companies financially responsible for contributing to climate change.

U.S. District Judge John Keenan dismissed the city’s claims against Exxon Mobil Corp.Chevron Corp., BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips, ruling that the federal Clean Air Act controls carbon dioxide emissions and blocks suits such as New York’s. The problem of climate change is for Congress and the Executive Branch to address, he said.

"The immense and complicated problem of global warming requires a comprehensive solution that weighs the global benefits of fossil fuel use with the gravity of the impending harms," Keenan wrote Thursday.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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