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Colorado cities and counties join together in a first-of-its-kind climate lawsuit
Author: Natasha Geiling, ThinkProgress, Published on: 17 April 2018
On Tuesday, the city of Boulder, Colorado — along with the nearby counties of Boulder and San Miguel — filed a lawsuit against two of the largest fossil fuel companies in the world over their role in perpetuating climate change.The lawsuit, which takes its inspiration from a slew of cases filed within the last year by coastal cities and counties in California and New York, is the first climate liability lawsuit to be filed by cities and counties located in the interior of the United States.
The Colorado lawsuit is also much narrower in the companies it names...The Colorado lawsuit is only seeking damages from two companies: ExxonMobil and Suncor, two of the world's largest oil companies that also each have a significant presence in the state..."The law says if someone harms, you they owe you compensation," Jones said. "These companies have acted recklessly. They knowingly produced harmful products, they failed to disclose that to the public, and we have been harmed by that."