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Chevron, Exxon Face Fisheries Lawsuit Over Climate and Crabs

Nov. 14, 2018, 10:42 PM

West Coast fishermen are suing 30 of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies, including Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp., for their alleged pervasive role in triggering the climate volatility that’s led to fishery closures since 2015.

Warming ocean temperatures cause harmful algae to multiply, killing Dungeness crabs who eat it and harming fisheries and their communities.

Taking oil companies to court over climate change is an uphill battle.

A federal judge dismissed a case filed by California cities suing to force Chevron, Exxon and others to cover the cost of infrastructure needed to safeguard cities from rising sea ...