Honolulu Climate Case Restarts Against Oil Industry’s Wishes

Aug. 24, 2020, 2:34 PM

A Hawaii federal court last week jump-started proceedings in a big-money climate case, rejecting oil industry arguments that litigation from the city of Honolulu should stay on ice until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on related legal questions.

Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii questioned oil and gas companies’ odds of success at the high court, and lifted a May 1 order that froze Honolulu’s bid to make Sunoco LP, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., and others cover the costs of flooding, road damage, and other local harms linked to climate ...

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