Chicago sues fossil fuel companies for role in climate crisis

Lawsuit targets BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66 and Shell, alleging that they intentionally misled public

Date: February 21, 2024
Complete Article: The Guardian


Chicago on Tuesday joined the growing list of US cities and states suing fossil fuel companies for allegedly deceiving the public about the climate crisis.

“There is no justice without accountability.”

Brandon Johnson (Mayor of Chicago)

The lawsuit targets major oil companies… alleging they intentionally misled the public about the impact of their products despite longstanding knowledge of the climate dangers of oil and gas.

The suit also names the nation’s largest oil and gas lobbying group, the American Petroleum Institute, as a defendant for allegedly working with oil companies to sow doubt about the climate crisis, and specifically for creating front groups to promote climate disinformation.

Since 2017, eight states, three dozen municipalities, and the District of Columbia have sued big oil for allegedly hiding the dangers of their products from consumers and investors.

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