Judge Keenan sounded skeptical in a listening to concerning the case final month, arguing with a lawyer for town, Matthew Pawa, over the function of customers of fossil fuels in inflicting local weather change — together with, the choose careworn, town itself.
“I mean, aren’t the plaintiffs using the product that is being the subject of the lawsuit and haven’t they been using it and aren’t they continuing to use it?” he requested. He cited town’s tens of 1000’s of police automobiles, sanitation vehicles, fireplace vehicles and extra. “If you go out the door and over to Foley Square,” he stated, “you’re going to find police cars.”
The corporations didn’t deny of their filings that local weather change is going on or that people are accountable, and Judge Keenan’s opinion mirrored this scientific proof. He acknowledged that “climate science clearly demonstrates that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change.” He additionally famous that the trade knew the dangers of local weather change from the 1950s onward, however “engaged in an overt public relations campaign intended to cast doubt on climate science.”
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., the lead lawyer for Chevron in these fits, stated “Judge Keenan received it precisely proper. Trying to resolve a posh, international coverage subject like local weather change via litigation is ‘illogical,’ and would intrude on the powers of Congress and the chief department to handle these points as a part of the democratic course of.”
In addition to Chevron, the defendants within the case had been BP, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell.
This isn’t the top of the road of instances. San Francisco has introduced that it’ll enchantment Judge Alsup’s resolution. Other local governments around the United States have filed comparable fits, and Rhode Island this month became the first state to begin litigation.
Seth Stein, a spokesman for the New York City, stated: “The mayor believes big polluters must be held accountable for their contributions to climate change and the damage it will cause New York City. We intend to appeal this decision and to keep fighting for New Yorkers who will bear the brunt of climate change.”