by Erin Mundahl
Environmentalists lost another fight on Thursday, after U.S. District Judge John Keenan dismissed New York City’s lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, Shell, and other major oil companies. In January, the city first filed a lawsuit against the energy companies, arguing that they were liable for damages the city incurred as a result of global warming. The first hearing in the case was held in early June.
The judge’s decision echoed arguments by the defendants and their supporters that the courts were not the appropriate venue to address climate change…
“New York City Mayor’s Bill de Blasio effort to curry favor with the environmental billionaires who want to limit human progress and control our daily energy supply failed today when U.S. Circuit Judge John Keenan ruled to dismiss New York City’s money grab lawsuit against U.S. energy companies. The remaining cases in Colorado, Rhode Island, and elsewhere should meet a similar fate,” said Craig Richardson, president of the Energy and Environment Legal Institute.