US cities sue oil companies for climate change
The cities of San Francisco and Oakland want money from oil concerns to pay for the results of climate change.
According to Dennis Herrera, advocate for the city of San Francisco, “Oil companies should take their responsibility for the damages recent hurricanes left behind”.
San Francisco and Oakland believe that oil companies such as Shell, BP, Chevron, Conoco Philips and Exxon Mobil estimated their personal profit higher than the results of climate change. That’s why they have to pay the price today to protect infrastructure for the increasing sea level.
Responsibility of oil companies
San Francisco is surrounded by the sea; 10 billion dollar of public real estate and 39 billion of private real estate is in danger. In Oakland even the airport might be flooded by a tidal wave. Herrera says oil companies deny global warming as a result of burning fossil fuels.
Shell reacted and said they do know about the role of energy in climate change but they rather believe in a political strategy than a court solution to solve climate problems.
It is not the first time that American governments go to court to sue oil companies in climate change issues. Governments say that oil companies are deluding investors with wrong information.
In the past these kinds of law suits didn’t work out well. Until now judges said that the impact of global warming must be settled by politicians and not in courtrooms.