By Karen Savage
The city of Hoboken, N.J., its location on the banks of the Hudson River across from Manhattan making it a poster child for climate change-fueled impacts, has become the latest American community to try to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for those impacts.
The city filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell, Chevron, Phillips 66 and the American Petroleum Institute, alleging they have known for decades that their products drive climate change but deliberately have deceived the public about those risks.
The lawsuit, like the dozens of its kind filed across the country, alleges that the industry has known since at least the 1960s that the burning of fossil fuels drives climate change, but deliberately failed to inform the public about those risks. The suit includes claims of public nuisance, private nuisance, trespass, negligence, and violations of New Jersey’s consumer fraud act.
“As a coastal community, Hoboken has directly felt the impacts of climate change, including rising sea levels and more frequent storms,” Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla said in a press release.
“At the same time we’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars adapting to the realities of climate change, Big Oil companies have engaged in a decades long campaign of misinformation that has contributed to global warming which has disproportionately impacted our residents.”[Read more…]