New York City filed a lawsuit Thursday against three major oil companies and an industry trade group, which is Earth Day.
The lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell and industry group American Petroleum Institute say oil giants “have systematically and intentionally misled consumers” by presenting their fuels as “cleaner” and “reducing emissions” without disclose the real environment. effects.
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The latest lawsuit follows a federal appeals court dismissing an earlier lawsuit earlier this month, filed in 2018 against BP, Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Shell. In this lawsuit, the city tried to hold companies responsible for the cost of the effects of global warming they produce.
“The defendants in our lawsuit spent millions persuading consumers to present a clean, green choice. But they don’t, ”James Johnson told Reuters.
Exxon spokesperson Casey Norton told Reuters, “These lawsuits have no merit and do nothing to advance meaningful efforts to tackle climate change. We support the global efforts of policymakers, businesses and individuals to develop real solutions. “
Likewise, Paul Afonso, legal director of API, referred the costume as “without merit”.
A Shell spokeswoman told Changing America: “We are disappointed to see New York City file a new climate change lawsuit after the Second Circuit upholds the rejection of what is functionally the same lawsuit. just a few weeks ago. Tackling climate change is a huge challenge the world faces today; it requires smart government policy backed by inclusive action from all business sectors, including our own, and society as a whole. We intend to play a leading, transparent and collaborative role in helping society meet this challenge. “
BP declined to comment.
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