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New York City sues Big Oil

New York’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has announced that the city is suing five fossil fuel companies for damages over climate change.

The Mayor also said the city would seek advice on divesting from fossil fuels.

Responding to the news, ClientEarth lawyer Sophie Marjanac said:

“New York City has joined a growing group of US local governments filing lawsuits that seek to hold the biggest fossil fuel companies to account for their contributions to climate change.

“The impunity that the industry once enjoyed cannot be taken for granted – the risk of liability for the real damage that climate change is inflicting on people across the world can no longer be ignored by the oil majors.

“The City’s decision to seek advice on divestment from fossil fuels is also significant. It recognises that mitigating climate change is good for investment returns and good for the planet. The economy and a healthy environment are inextricably linked.”

Sophie is an Australian qualified lawyer.

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