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California Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change

California Sues Oil Companies Over Climate Change
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By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 07:44 AM

San Francisco’s City Attorney on behalf of the People of the State of California sued BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and Shell alleging they are responsible for global warming and the cause of the sea level rise.

The theory of the case is that oil companies produce the oil which when used creates greenhouse gases, which cause global warming, which causes sea levels to rise, which endangers San Francisco and the rest of California.

The City Attorney says, “Sea levels are rising at rates unprecedented in the history of human civilization due to global warming.”

Which raises a question in my mind of whether the People of California agree that the seas have risen and fallen, and the earth has gotten warmer and cooler, many times over the history of the earth long before human civilization?

Putting that aside, why sue now?

Although still rather imperceptible, “The rapidly rising sea level along the Pacific coast and in San Francisco Bay…poses an imminent threat of catastrophic storm surge flooding because any storm would be superimposed on a higher sea level.”

This threat is “becoming more dire every day as global warming reaches ever more dangerous levels and the sea level rise accelerates.”

The lawsuit follows Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria which taught us what catastrophic storm surge flooding means.

Yikes.  When are the evacuations of San Francisco and the California coast going to start?

Why are these oil companies defendants but not the California electric utilities that burn the oil creating the greenhouse gasses?

Because they are the deepest pockets, and California avoids paying.

The Defendants are “…the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel corporations in the world…”

Why are the oil producers liable?

“The use of fossil fuels—oil, natural gas, and coal—is the primary source of greenhouse gas pollution that causes global warming.  A point that scientist settled years ago.” (My emphasis)

The so-called settled science involving weather and climate is very much in controversy.

Unquestionably, the accuracy of the data used in the research computer models is in dispute. Some of it, at best, is proxy data or, at worst, faked.

What’s more the algorithms used to calculate the climate predictions have never been proved reliable to predict future events.

Recent articles have indicated that global warming increases in the computer-generated climate models are merely the result of additional adjustments to the calculations to get the intended result.

Are these climate computer models reliable enough to be scientific evidence in a courtroom?

Reliance on the accuracy of computer weather models for pinpoint accuracy defies common sense.

We all just saw on television any number of hurricane weather experts using computer models which consistently predicted twenty or thirty results.

So, what is this lawsuit all about?

Normally when some dangerous instrumentality affects the public the remedy is to enjoin that behavior to stop it.

Here, the City Attorney is not asking the court to shut down fossil fuel production to save California from a catastrophe of global proportions.

The City Attorney merely wants money for building infrastructure---and pay attorney fees.

 The oil companies are expected to keep on supplying the fossil fuel far into the future. 

The California electric utilities will keep using fossil fuels to generate power for the People of the State of California.

If all is won by the lawsuit, then production of greenhouse gasses will continue, global temperatures will go up, and the seas will keep on rising.

And the attorneys will have been paid a fortune in fees.

Denis Kleinfeld is known as a strategic tax and wealth protection lawyer, widely published author and creative teacher.

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San Francisco’s City Attorney on behalf of the People of the State of California sued BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and Shell alleging they are responsible for global warming and the cause of the sea level rise.
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