They will pay for bad weather: Hawaii sues Shell, ExxonMobil, BP and Chevron

...for 'climate change'

Large oil giants such as Shell, ExxonMobil, BP and Chevron are being sued in Hawaii for their supposed role in climate change. Local governments, including the city of Honolulu, accuse the fossil fuel industry of accelerating global warming, undermining climate science, and postponing the transition to clean energy.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell of the Hawaiian capital recently said that sea level rise caused by climate change has already wiped out a quarter of the beaches on the island of Oahu. According to him, it will cost the islanders billions of dollars to relocate and rebuild the infrastructure.

The local community in Hawaii is certainly not the first to sue oil companies for their role in climate change. Such cases were previously brought by local governments in the city of New York and Baltimore. Cities and municipalities in Colorado and California also hold the fossil fuel industry partly responsible for climate damage.

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