U.S. court dismisses climate change lawsuits against top oil companies

Chevron Corp reported on Monday, “A California federal court dismissed climate change lawsuits against five oil companies by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, saying the complaints required foreign and domestic policy decisions that were outside the purview of courts”.

The situation arose by the complainants are real and worldwide, and that both parties accepted the scenario behind all the circumstances is only global warming, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California presented in the ruling.

Judge Alsup said, ” the problem deserves a solution on a vaster scale than can be supplied by a District Judge or jury in a public nuisance case”.

A Shell spokeswoman said, “the company regards climate change to be a complex problem, which is not an issue for the courts but requires sound government policy”.

The cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California sued Chevron, Exxon Mobil Corp, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and BP Plc last year, seeking an abatement fund to help the cities address flooding they say is a result of climate change. BP did not have an immediate comment, while ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil were not available for comment outside regular business hours.

by Sawan Kumar on June 26, 2018

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