Climate Lawsuit Extortion

by John McClaughry

Do you think climate change is just a harmless obsession among certain weird people? Well, read this from True North reports’ Michael Bastasch.

“The U.N. issued a report in May encouraging activists to use the courts to circumvent legislatures and company board rooms to push global warming policies. Fast forward five months, and some local governments have taken the recommendation to heart.

“The global warming industry is increasingly turning to the courts to impose their agenda for the simple reason that it has failed through the proper democratic process,” said Chris Horner, an attorney and senior fellow at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute .

Most recently, California local governments have filed suit against dozens of energy companies for damages allegedly caused by man-made global warming. That’s on top of a slew of lawsuits brought by environmental activists and Democratic state attorneys general.

San Francisco and Oakland filed suit against five oil companies looking for billions of dollars to pay for infrastructure upgrades they say are necessary because of global warming. Chevron and other oil companies named in the suit are partly responsible for rising sea levels, the cities argue.

In July, one California city and two counties filed suit against 37 energy companies they blame for global warming, including ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell.

This is a really farfetched and shameful attempt at legal extortion, but some courts may let plaintiffs get away with it.

 – John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Ted October 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

Yes, the liberal leftists see an opportunity to extort via the liberal leftist courts. No proven science to back them up. Subvert the liberal leftist agenda! President Trump must appoint those who are guided by the Constitution to the bench.

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Tom October 13, 2017 at 11:04 pm

shouldn’t be able to suie should suie the people that bight from the comp. they only supplied what people wanted

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Milton Eaton October 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Don’t forget the settlement route utilized by the Greens and the Obama EPA. The EPA could not get the law or regulation they politically desired so the “settle” with that in a lawsuit. I hope our former AG gets his just rewards participating in this banana republic activity and wasting our money.

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