When your tax policies cause the wealthiest citizens to flee your city as if aliens are shooting lasers through the tops of buildings, you have to get creative. So New York is now suing five oil companies for causing global warming. I mean “climate change.” The East Coast is in the throws of a violent winter, after all. Can’t be saying “global warming” with temperatures colder than Hillary’s glare.
New York City is suing five major oil companies, claiming they have contributed to global warming.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will be seeking billions in the lawsuit to recoup money spent by the city for resiliency efforts related to climate change.
Hopefully you noted this is a desperate cash grab. Incidentally, how many cars traverse the cities of New York’s five boroughs? And how many of those cars are fueled by nothing but the farts of baby angels? Asking for a friend.
The defendants in the city’s federal lawsuit are BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell.
The lawsuit follows the city’s announcement that it plans to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel companies.
This is the same city whose fearless leader, Mayor Bill De Blasio, thinks your right to keep and bear arms is as dated as a strappy corset. The same De Blasio who races to Twitter to out-pander himself for votes. Regardless of what an ass he makes of himself. The same De Blasio who honored a terrorist. Goes to character, your honor.
Climate change science is a toughy. Speaking or writing about it has a way of calling all the village crazies to your present location, like ringing the dinner bell at a feminist film convention. If one dare suggests climate change isn’t entirely caused by man, or “maybe the planet knows more about itself than we do,” one gets accused of embracing flat-earth dogma. Why, commenting on climate change is almost more controversial than commenting on the human diet. Almost.
That said, though climate science is dicey, especially among Twitter trolls with more time than reason, is it fair to say it’s irresponsible to sue companies which fuel the planet’s means of transportation? Choose your answer wisely. Then consider how you receive or acquire all your home goods, groceries, entertainment, etc. Probably not by horse-drawn carriage.