Paxton joins effort against climate change lawsuit

By ED STERLING

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 5 announced he had joined an Indiana-led coalition of 11 state attorneys general in a friend-of-the-court brief seeking dismissal of a climate-change lawsuit against the energy industry. King County, Washington, filed the lawsuit naming the oil companies BP, Chevron,

Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch and ConocoPhillips as defendants. Paxton and the other attorneys general allege in their friend-of-the-court brief that “King County’s objections to fossil fuel are based in public policy, not law, and are thus inappropriate for judicial resolution.” King County is seeking a court order requiring the named oil companies and several unnamed individuals to fund the costs of adapting the county’s storm-water management, salmon fishery recovery, public health infrastructure and more. In addition, the county seeks to hold the companies responsible for “knowingly contributing to climate disruptions and putting the residents of King County at greater risk of floods, landslides, ocean acidification, sea level rise and other impacts

 

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