Massachusetts Sues Exxon Mobil over Climate Change

The state of Massachusetts has sued the oil giant Exxon Mobil, accusing the company of “deception” regarding the role that fossil fuels such as oil allegedly play in so-called “global warming,” Reuters reports.

The lawsuit was filed in the Suffolk County Superior Court by Attorney General Maura Healey (D-Mass.), claiming that Exxon “systematically misled investors about climate-driven risks” caused by the company. When announcing the lawsuit, Healey said that her goal was “to stop Exxon from engaging in this deception and penalize it for this conduct.”

A similar effort is being undertaken against Exxon by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-N.Y.). These investigations are apparently based on documents from the 1970s and 1980s, according to InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times.

In response to the announcement, Exxon said in a statement that the lawsuit was “gamesmanship” on Healey’s part and constituted a “partisan” attack on the company. Addressing Healey’s lack of evidence for her allegations, the company further stated that they “look forward to refuting the meritless allegations in court.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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