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US - After Dutch Ruling Against Energy Company, Focus Turns to US Climate Lawsuit

A landmark ruling on Wednesday by a Dutch court ordering Royal Dutch Shell to drastically cut its planned greenhouse gas emissions could impact the United States where most of the world’s climate cases are being litigated.

A landmark ruling on Wednesday by a Dutch court ordering Royal Dutch Shell to drastically cut its planned greenhouse gas emissions could impact the United States where most of the world’s climate cases are being litigated.

About 1,375 lawsuits seeking relief from climate change have been filed in U.S. courts, compared to about 425 in other various countries, according to the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School.

The following is a summary of how litigation of the most significant cases is playing out across the United States:

  • About two dozen lawsuits have been filed by local governments and states who have accused major oil and gas companies of contributing to the effects of global warming by selling fossil fuels whose burning generates greenhouse gases.
  • States who have sued these companies include Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut.
  • The lawsuits, which are pending, target companies including BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp . The businesses deny the allegations and say that the suits do nothing to address the challenge of climate change.
  • The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages to pay for seawalls and other infrastructure to guard against extreme weather and rising sea levels brought on by climate change.

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