Fossil Fuels are the Problem, Say Fossil Fuel Companies Being Sued

By Nathanael Johnson, Grist

Big Oil and the cities suing them in federal court agreed on at least one thing on Wednesday: Human-made climate change is real. In the country’s first court hearing on the science behind climate change, a lawyer for Chevron, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said the oil company accepts the scientific consensus. He quoted chapter and verse from the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the thousands of scientists assembled by the United Nations to figure out exactly what’s going on. “From Chevron’s perspective, there is no debate about the science of climate change,” Boutrous said. Oil companies have recently started saying they’re on the side of science, but they’ve never said it so clearly in court. San Francisco and Oakland are suing BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell, arguing that the corporations that profit from fossil fuels should pay for the seawalls and pumps needed to protect them from...