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Portland Business Journal – February 27, 2008
I need to file this one under Ridiculous. How can a town in Alaska sue over global warming? To make matters worse, they are suing oil companies and utilities! If they want to sue someone, they should sue you and me. Filing suit against the providers of a product that is bought by consumers, is like filing suit against the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for the high rate of heart attacks.
For those that live in other countries than the USA, I must explain. The US is a very litigious society. I can’t find accurate statistics on the number of suits filed in a given year but it is shameful. We have crazy stories of lawsuits for hot coffee and lost laptops. Just to give you an example, there is even a site that is dedicated to tracking stupid lawsuits!
While the town in Alaska has the right to sue, lets hope that this lawsuit against 24 companies that have only been trying to use commercially available technology to satisfy the needs of consumers is thrown out. To say that these companies willfully knew that their actions were evil or negligent and decided to go the cheap way out on this issue is a huge stretch.
A small Alaska town in the Arctic Circle is suing 24 oil and gas companies, … saying an ice melt caused by global warming poses an imminent threat to the Inupiat Eskimos who live there.
Kivalina is on the tip of a barrier reef on Alaska’s northwest coast, about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The complaint says that because of massive ice melting, the village is losing its traditional protection from weather and the village must relocate.
[Some] defendants are ExxonMobil Corp., BP PLC, BP America Inc., BP Products North America Inc., Chevron Corp., Chevron USA Inc., ConocoPhillips Co., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Shell Oil Co., Peabody Energy Corp., The AES Corp., American Electrical Power Co. Inc., American Electric Power Services Corp., DTE Energy Co., Duke Energy Corp., Dynegy Holdings Inc., Edison International, Mirant Corp., NRG Energy, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., Reliant Energy Inc., The Southern Co., and Xcel Energy Inc.
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