USA: Governmet files lawsuit against oil companies for misleading consumers regarding their role in climate change

Author: Valerie Volcovici, Reuters, Published on: 29 June 2020

"District of Columbia sues four oil majors for misleading consumers on climate change" 25 Jun 2020

The attorney general for the District of Columbia on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp , BP Plc, Chevron Corp, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for “systematically and intentionally misleading” consumers about the role their products play in causing climate change, the latest action by a U.S. attorney general against the oil and gas industry...

The intent of the legal action is to “end these disinformation campaigns and to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive practices,” he said. 

Casey Norton, a spokesman for Exxon, said the lawsuit is part of a “coordinated, politically motivated” campaign against energy companies. 

“The claims are baseless and without merit. We look forward to defending the company in court,” he said...

Anna Arata, a spokeswoman for Shell, said in a statement that “we’re committed to playing our part” with regards to addressing climate change and that lawsuits “impede the collaboration needed for meaningful change.” Shell set goal this year of achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050.

 

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