Baltimore Files Climate Lawsuit Against Oil Companies After Similar Suit Dismissed

Washington Free Beacon | 7/21/2018 | Todd Shepherd
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BY: Todd Shepherd

Officials with the City of Baltimore announced a lawsuit Friday against major oil producers such as Exxon, BP, and Shell Oil, claiming the companies caused damages by contributing to global climate change.

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"This lawsuit which we filed this morning is aimed to hold the fossil fuel companies accountable for the harm that has been inflicted on our community," said Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis said.

The lawsuit is extremely similar to others filed by the cities of San Francisco, New York City, the city and county governments of Boulder, Colorado, and the state of Rhode Island, but some of these efforts haven't fared well in recent weeks.

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Just a day before Baltimore's announcement, a federal judge dismissed with prejudice New York City's suit against the oil and energy companies, arguing that actions and remedies to climate problems be should be handled by political bodies like Congress and not by litigation.

"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," Judge John F. Keenan wrote in the New York City decision. "To litigate such an action for injuries from foreign greenhouse gas emissions in federal court would severely infringe upon the foreign-policy decisions that are squarely within the purview of the political branches of the U.S. Government."

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In late June, a federal judge in California employed similar reasoning when dismissing a climate suit from San Francisco and Oakland.

"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," Judge William Alsup said in the California cases.

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