by E&E Legal Craig Richardson
As appearing on InsideSources
Time is running out for Oakland and San Francisco politicians who are desperately trying to salvage their failing bid to grab billions of dollars from oil companies, including Exxon, Chevron, BP and Conoco Phillips. Their meritless lawsuit was dismissed and now their case hinges on an appeal.
“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts,” Carl Sandburg said. “If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell,” he famously quipped.
Their lawsuit maintains that those companies alone are responsible for climate change that could, they theorize, damage sea walls and swamp sewer systems. As U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup summed it up prior to dismissal, “You’re asking for billions of dollars for something that hasn’t happened yet and may never happen to the extent you’re predicting it will happen.”