New York's global warming suit against oil companies tossed

By Bob Van Voris on 7/19/2018

MANHATTAN (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. judge threw out New York’s suit seeking to hold five of the world’s biggest oil companies financially responsible for contributing to climate change.

U.S. District Judge John Keenan dismissed the city’s claims against ExxonMobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips.

"Global warming and solutions thereto must be addressed by the two otherbranches of government," not the judiciary, Keenan wrote in an opinion Thursday.

The companies won a similar ruling in June that threw out complaints by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California. “The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco wrote in that ruling.

A spokesman for New York’s Law Department had no immediate comment on Thursday’s ruling.

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