Cash-Strapped L.A. Joins Craze To Hold Exxon Accountable For Bad Weather

Los Angeles could join New York City and other California cities in a lawsuit targeting Exxon Mobil for supposedly contributing to global warming and rising sea levels.

Two Los Angeles city council members want the city to use the courts to fleece fossil-fuel producers to mitigate the effects of global warming. They are hoping to join the likes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced earlier this month that his city will take Exxon to court.

“We’re getting rising sea levels, wildfires, mudslides — that’s the implication of climate change right there,” Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin told the Los Angeles Times during a Jan. 11 interview. “That does damage to our infrastructure. It just has some wide-ranging and comprehensive implications.”

Los Angeles joins San Francisco and Oakland, among other California cities, in arguing that oil companies should help pay for the cost of addressing rising seas in San Francisco Bay. But de Blasio and the state of New York are the real leaders instigating waves of lawsuits against Exxon.

De Blasio also pledged to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels over the next five years.

“As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient,” he said in a statement following the move.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, meanwhile, has spent the past two years investigating Exxon for supposedly duping investors about the company’s knowledge about climate change. He believes the company has hidden knowledge about climate change from the public for decades.

Exxon, for its part, rebutted some of Schneiderman’s primary claims last year, namely that the oil company purposely hid knowledge about the supposedly secret account from the attorney general, who filed a subpoena against Exxon earlier this year to gather the company’s email communications.

The company has lambasted the New York Democrat in the past. Schneiderman refuses to produce emails between his office and wealthy donors — including Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer — Exxon claims because he wants to protect the groups that are backing the campaign.

City lawyers claimed during the lawsuit phase that “Exxon sponsored its own bogus scientific research by paying $120,000 over the course of two years” to the Fraser Institute, a conservative Canadian think tank.

Ross McKitrick, an economist at the University of Guelph and the man at the heart of their complaint, took issue with New York City’s false statements and wrote a lengthy rebuttal.

“The Fraser Institute was not involved with the hockey stick project and to the best of my knowledge they knew nothing about it until after it was published,” he wrote in a statement published online. “While I was a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute in 2003-04 this was an unpaid affiliation.”

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This calls for a total Boycott of the L.A. Area this summers tourists season find another place to visit in the summer of 2018 and hit them where it hurts right in their Bank Accounts

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    Al Shelton

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    quote: “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, meanwhile, has spent the past two years investigating Exxon for supposedly duping investors about the company’s knowledge about climate change. He believes the company has hidden knowledge about climate change from the public for decades.”
    The ignorance and stupidity of these Alarmists is beyond belief.
    Why would Exxon hide a falsehood?
    CO2 does not cause CAGW, hence catastrophic climate change.
    There is no empirical proof that CO2 causes global warming.
    When are these clowns going to give up??

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    Sonnyhill

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    We want unbiased research. We want honest answers. Where the funding originates is immaterial unless someone is buying a predetermined outcome. Who’s been doing that all along?

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    GSARider

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    If you take a step back and think this through…this means the prosecutors will have to prove, in no uncertain terms and scientifically that there is a direct causal link. The figures just don’t stack up and if they use the hockey stick graph, they’ll have to provide the defence the data behind it – something that Mann has gone to great lengths to hide.

    I’m sure Exxon’s lawyers are up to the task and they’ll certainly be well funded…I say bring it on.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Just like when they blamed witches for the Black Death that hit parts of Europe during the 1500’s again their going on witch hunts to look for a scapegoat so these greed cities officials can line their pockets and pay for their polo club dues

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      David Lewis

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      In many towns cats, as in the house cat type, were blamed for the black plague. The response was to kill as many cats as they could. However, as we all know the black plague was spread by fleas most often introduced by rodents. Cats hunt and kill rodents so they it is certain that they helped reduce the plague. The same contrast exists. Without energy provided by fossil fuels, cities would quickly become ghost towns. Yet, these cities are suing the companies that make it possible for them to exist.

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        Steve

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        The one upside of lack of fossil fuels is that many snowflake greenies will also die off in the cold, or , more likely, if law and order breaks down, they will be taken out at dawn and…..
        When things get ugly, I would guranatee these CAGW flunkies iwll go into hiding as they will get absolutely blamed and a public with its blood up with cold, starving children is not something to be messed with.
        It will be in that moment,t hat the true face of the CAGW nonsense will be very obvious – they are a political bunch, a ship of gullible but dangerous fools….

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Snowflakes need to Go Away and live in the far north watch them freeze their toes off in their mud or grass huts

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