Suing the pants off climate deniers

The following three articles illustrate a climate movement sweeping the courts in the United States, where people of all ages and backgrounds are insisting on climate action by elected officials and fossil fuel giants. Click on the links, below the beginning of the articles, to read more.

Florida kids are taking their climate-denying governor to court

by Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress

A group of eight kids filed a lawsuit on Monday in Florida against Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) in an attempt to force the notoriously climate-averse politician to take action on climate change.

The lawsuit is filed by kids 20 years or younger and in partnership with Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit based in Oregon that works with young people to bring climate-related lawsuits against state and federal governments. The case cites Scott’s “deliberate indifference” to the rights of young people in his state with respect to climate change.


Fossil fuels on trial: Where the major climate change lawsuits stand today

by David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News

A wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability for climate change, started as a ripple after revelations that ExxonMobil had long recognized the threat fossil fuels pose to the world.

Over the past few years: Two states have launched fraud investigations into Exxon over climate change. Nine cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have sued major fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change damages. And determined children have filed lawsuits against the federal government and various state governments, claiming the governments have an obligation to safeguard the environment.


Climate lawsuits, once limited to the coasts, jump inland

by John Schwartz, NY Times

Until recently, communities suing fossil fuel companies over the costs of climate change have been located on the coasts: cities and counties in California, and New York City. But now, the litigation has jumped inland.

Boulder and San Miguel Counties in Colorado, along with the city of Boulder, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against two oil companies, Exxon Mobil and Suncor Energy, the Canadian giant. The suit, filed in state court, argues that fossil fuels sold by the companies contribute to climate change, which in turn has exacerbated wildfires, droughts, severe storms and other symptoms of a warming planet that have far-ranging effects on agriculture and tourism.


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