There’s a Growing Global Movement to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for Damages
Back in 2016, we made a valiant effort to start tracking the major lawsuits and criminal investigations launched against fossil fuel companies. It turns out, over the last few years, there’s been an increasing number of lawsuits by and between states, attorneys general, individuals and various interest groups and the major fossil fuel companies, that is now too big a job for us to keep up with tracking all of them. Apparently, following the InsideClimate News investigative series in 2015, it became clear that the fossil fuels companies knew that the continued burning of fossil fuels would lead to a global climate crisis, but they hid that information and denied that climate change was happening. This has clearly exposed them to a range of criminal, fraud and securities liability, for having deceived the public, their shareholders and regulators. At this point, there are so many lawsuits and decisions coming down from the courts pertaining to these cases, that we can’t keep up. It is truly a full-time job or jobs, given the number of cases that have been filed and which are pending in the courts around the world. Fortunately, there is a group which is dedicated to tracking and reporting on this information, and that group is InsideClimate News. We have inserted a screen shot of their front page, just to show how many posts they have just within the last few days. We have linked the below image to the InsideClimate News homepage, and suggest that you click on that in order to go and see the latest on the many pending lawsuits against fossil fuel companies.