California Is Abusing The Legal System To Set Energy Policy


Undeterred by previous rulings against their novel legal theory, Governor Newsom and Attorney General Bonta have filed a lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The claim is that the companies have “deceived the public about the risks of fossil fuels now faulted for climate change-related storms and wildfires that caused billions of dollars in damage.”

These claims are an end-run around the proper democratic process and, if successful, would be economically destructive. Making these costs harder to bear, the lawsuits are a futile exercise in hypocrisy.

Federal courts have already dismissed similar claims against the automobile and electric power industries. Essentially the courts have stated that these lawsuits inappropriately use the courts to set national and state climate-related policies.

Read the full article at Forbes . . .

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