Exxon Fights Back, Prepares To Sue California Cities

And big companies like Exxon usually have better and smarter lawyers on their payroll than most cities

(Forbes) Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

On Jan. 8, Exxon took the first step towards suing those who orchestrated climate change lawsuits in California by asking the Tarrant County District Court to allow it to question an assortment of government officials and a Hagens Berman lawyer. The company says those local officials are talking out of both sides of their mouths – blaming Exxon for an impending flooding disaster while not disclosing that alleged threat to possible investors in their bond offerings.

In 2017, the counties of Marin, Santa Cruz and San Mateo and the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and Imperial Beach filed suit against dozens of energy companies, including Exxon and 17 other Texas-based businesses, over climate change. The company has previously been targeted by the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York.

“It is reasonable to infer that the municipalities brought these lawsuits not because of a bona fide belief in any tortious conduct by the defendants or actual damage to their jurisdictions, but instead to coerce ExxonMobil and others operating in the Texas energy sector to adopt policies aligned with those favored by local politicians in California,” attorneys for the company wrote.

I still think the better option would have been for Exxon and the other fossil fuels companies to say “OK, fine, have it your way, we’re pulling our operations out of these areas.” They could have helped gas station owners and such with building new facilities in surrounding cities, which would mean a massive loss in tax money as people travel outside the city to purchase. Realistically, there’s only so much they could build, since other cities would already have gas stations. Still, if cities want to sue, pull out. Let their citizens deal with having no place close to purchase gas.

And, more importantly, refuse to sell fuels to the city governments. Let’s see how well they operate police cars, garbage trucks, recycling trucks, inspectors, etc and so forth, without fossil fuels.

San Mateo County’s complaint says it is “particularly vulnerable to sea level rise” and that there is a 93% chance the county experiences a “devastating” flood before 2050. However, bond offerings in 2014 and 2016 noted that the county “is unable to predict whether sea-level rise or other impacts of climate change or flooding from a major storm will occur”;

What this really is all about is a virtue signaling shakedown of fossil fuels companies, something that most of these cities refuse to give up in the first place. Make sure to read the rest.

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6 Responses to “Exxon Fights Back, Prepares To Sue California Cities”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Are you proposing that all the petroleum suppliers collude to not sell fuel to particular customers? Or in particular cities?

  2. gitarcarver says:

    Are you proposing that all the petroleum suppliers collude to not sell fuel to particular customers? Or in particular cities?

    Are you proposing that companies do not have the right to sell legal products in the markets they choose? Or should the government force companies to sell goods?

    Of course, you are still missing the point of the lawsuit.

    When the states illegally colluded to sue Exxon, you said that the ends justify the means. You backed the illegal actions of the states and backed the states withholding public documents.

    Exxon flipped the page and hopefully those who went on this illegal witch hunt will pay with their money and their jobs.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Trump is lucky again! He keeps inheriting things. He’ll bankrupt America just as he bankrupted all those companies. And this time the Russian mob won’t be able to bail him out.

    You forgot to note that the stock market nearly tripled under President Obama. For Trump to replicate that feat the Dow Jones will have to reach 60,000!

  4. Jeffery says:

    TEACH: Are you still pimping the lie that climate scientists are falsifying data? Do you deny that the Earth is warming?

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