Delaware says that the industry knew half a century ago about the likely climate impacts resulting from the use of its products, but instead of warning the public or changing their business model, the fossil fuel companies engaged in campaigns to attack climate science and downplay the risks of burning coal, oil, and gas. The lawsuit, filed September 10 in Delaware Superior Court, a state court, seeks monetary damages to help pay for costs the state is already incurring and that are expected to mount as climate impacts worsen.
Delaware joins 21 other cities, counties, and States seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for lying about climate change. According to Richard Wiles, executive director, the fossil fuel industry is facing its ‘Big Tobacco moment,’ and accountability is coming for them.
The Delaware attorney general sued 31 fossil fuel companies, including Exxon, Chevron and BP, accusing them of deceiving the public about the role their products play in causing climate change and damaging the state's environment.