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Honolulu to Take Big Oil to Court for Role in Climate Change

Nov. 5, 2019, 10:33 PM

Honolulu is set to become the latest local government taking fossil fuel companies to court over their contribution to climate change.

Political leaders from the Hawaii capital announced plans Nov. 5 to file a lawsuit in state court that accuses energy companies of knowingly inflicting harm on Honolulu and its taxpayers by producing and promoting fossil fuels despite knowing their combustion is the primary cause of climate change.

“They need to pay just like Big Tobacco needed to pay,” Mayor Kirk Caldwell (D) said in a press conference, adding that he hopes other local governments and the state of ...

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