By Karen Savage
Connecticut became the latest state to sue ExxonMobil, seeking to hold it accountable for deceiving residents about climate change. State Attorney General William Tong filed the lawsuit in state court against the oil giant on Monday.
“ExxonMobil sold oil and gas, but it also sold lies about climate science. ExxonMobil knew that continuing to burn fossil fuels would have a significant impact on the environment, public health and our economy, yet it chose to deceive the public. No more,” Tong said in a statement.
With the lawsuit, Connecticut joins a handful of other states —including Delaware, Minnesota and Rhode Island—along with dozens of municipalities suing the fossil fuel industry over its role in exacerbating climate change. Only a few have honed in on only Exxon, the largest oil company in the country. Connecticut also joins the recent trend of zeroing in on the industry’s alleged campaign to keep the public in the dark about its products’ role in global warming.
Tong alleges that Exxon conducted an ongoing, systematic campaign of lies and deception to obscure what the company knew for decades—that burning fossil fuels overwhelmingly drives climate change. In the suit. Tong asserts state law causes of action, including willful violations of the state’s unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws.[Read more…]