DC Sues Oil And Gas Companies, Alleging Deception About Climate Change

“The D.C. attorney general sued four of the world’s largest oil and gas companies Thursday, asserting that they have engaged in a multimillion-dollar campaign over decades to deceive District consumers about the effects of fossil fuels on climate change.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a news conference Thursday that ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron have violated the District’s consumer protection law by presenting a “false picture” to residents about the damage their products have on the environment.

The lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, alleges that the companies have known about the adverse environmental effects of their products since the 1950s. It seeks a court order for the companies to pay civil penalties, provide financial relief for consumers in the District and stop what Racine’s office asserts are deceptive campaigns.”

Emily Davies reports for the Washington Post June 25, 2020.