Another Quiet Reason We Need ACB On The Supreme Court: Crazy Climate Lawsuits

Certain issues get all the press when it comes to the Supreme Court: abortion, voting rights, gun rights, a few others, right? But, you shouldn’t forget about other things that can have huge implications on all our lives, like climate cultists attempting to sue to get their way

US Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Climate Damages Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Cos.

The city of Baltimore filed suit against ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel companies for climate change related damages two years ago. To date, multiple federal circuit courts have returned this and other climate damages and fraud cases to the state courts where they were filed. The Supreme Court decided today to take up an appeal on a narrow procedural issue, allowing the defendants to further delay proceedings on the issue of severe and rapidly accelerating climate impacts raised in the case.

Below is a statement by Kathy Mulvey, accountability campaign director in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a procedural motion related to a lawsuit brought by the city of Baltimore seeking to hold oil and gas companies accountable for the climate change harms their products have caused. As early as the 1960s, companies such as ExxonMobil and Chevron knew their products were destructive yet knowingly deceived the public to inflate their profits and keep us hooked on fossil fuels. We’re hopeful that the Supreme Court will reject this transparent attempt by Big Oil to delay the inevitable: justice for communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis in a court of law.”

So, a press release from the Union of Concerned Scientists (who are not concerned enough to forgo their own use of fossil fuels and make their lives carbon neutral. A lot wouldn’t be able to do their jobs without fossil fuels), hoping that SCOTUS will do something to bone Big Oil, which could end up hurting the people in Baltimore, if those companies decide to no longer operate in the city. But, hey, they have their “justice for communities on the front lines” talking points down, right?

(Reuters) The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by energy companies including BP PLC, Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell PLC contesting a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore seeking damages for the impact of global climate change.

The justices will weigh whether the lawsuit must be heard in state court as the city would prefer or in federal court, which corporate defendants generally view as a more favorable venue. The suit targets 21 U.S. and foreign energy companies that extract, produce, distribute or sell fossil fuels.

The outcome could affect around a dozen similar lawsuits by U.S. states, cities and counties including Rhode Island and New York City seeking to hold such companies liable for the impact of climate change. (snip)

The Supreme Court in 2019 declined the companies’ emergency request to put the Baltimore litigation on hold after a federal judge ruled that the case should be heard in state court. In March, the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judge’s decision.

The question is a good one: does the suit belong in federal court, as some of these companies are international, and the others are nationwide, or state court? Regardless, if the liberals control the Supreme Court they will rule in favor of all these crazy climate lawsuits, creating legislation from the bench. And one can never trust John Roberts, hence, having Amy Coney Barrett confirmed quickly is important, as the Warmists are increasing their use of lawfare.

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