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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:47 AM

Fishermen Sue Big Oil For Its Role In Climate Change

Source: NPR


December 4, 20188:02 AM ET

ALASTAIR BLAND

While oil companies built seawalls and elevated their oil rigs to protect critical production infrastructure from the rising sea level, they concealed from the public the knowledge that burning fossil fuels could have catastrophic impacts on the biosphere.

That's what citizens and local governments across the United States are asserting in lawsuits against oil, gas, and coal companies. Plaintiffs in the cases have alleged that fossil fuel producers knowingly subjected the entire planet and future generations to the dire consequences of their actions.

On Nov. 14, fishermen in California and Oregon joined the legal fray by filing suit against 30 companies, mainly oil producers. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, the plaintiff, contends that the fossil fuel industry is at direct fault and must be held accountable for recent warming-related damages to the West Coast's prized Dungeness crab fishery, which catches millions of the tender-fleshed crustacean most years, and coastal chefs turn the critters into classics like Crab Louie and Crab Cioppino.

The fishermen's lawsuit appears to be the first time food producers have sued the fossil fuel industry for allegedly harming the environment.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/12/04/671996313/fishermen-sue-big-oil-for-its-role-in-climate-change?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:29 AM

1. Not sure if the fisherman can win (hoping they do)


Until we stop using fossil fuels it won't help Earth. It will be ground down in court by lawyers who just want the $$$$.
I know that sounds like Debbie Downer.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:30 AM

2. Hypocrisy at its finest

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:01 AM

3. Liability: the reason the oil indstry/koch bros fund climate deniers

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 12:16 PM

4. And who's going to sue the fishermen for over fishing the oceans?

The 7+ billion human beings, who can't keep their own population in check even as they chortle about their very big brains?

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