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"If All the Greedy People that Pollute can get Together & Show Strength in Unity – then Honest, Environmentalists Must Do the Same. You See – It’s as Simple As That.” George C. Keefe - ENCASEMENT Guy

Monday, September 25, 2023

Last week I started with writing my daily, workweek blog about California, one of my home states taking the lead and pushing for environmental protection and I’m starting this week out again with California.

In a groundbreaking move, California, known as the Golden State has emerged as a leader in the global fight against climate change.

The state has taken on five major oil and gas giants, accusing them of orchestrating a "decades-long campaign of deception" about the detrimental impacts of fossil fuels on the environment.

This lawsuit is a significant step towards holding the world's largest oil companies accountable for their role in climate change, and it has far-reaching implications for the future of environmental activism.

State Attorney General Rob Bonta filed the lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court, targeting industry giants like Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, and the American Petroleum Institute (API).

According to the lawsuit, these entities have been aware of the dire consequences of burning fossil fuels since the 1950s.

Shockingly, or maybe not so shockingly instead of disclosing these dangers to the public, they opted to deny or downplay the environmental hazards, putting their greedy profits above people and the planet's wellbeing.

For over half a century, oil and gas companies have concealed a crucial truth: the burning of fossil fuels is a leading driver of climate change.

Privately, they have known this fact, yet publicly, they have fed us lies and misinformation to bolster their record-breaking profits, all at the expense of our environment.

This revelation has sent shockwaves throughout the world, as it exposes an industry that has long been complicit in the destruction of our planet.

California is not alone in this fight.

Several other states and numerous municipalities, including cities and counties within California, have initiated similar legal actions in recent years.

However, California's lawsuit stands out as the most extensive and influential of them all.

The state's sheer geographic size and economic power make it a formidable opponent for these oil giants.

The consequences of the climate crisis unleashed by these companies are undeniable.

From extreme heatwaves to devastating droughts and water shortages, the impact of their actions has been felt across the state.

California's lawsuit is a call for these companies to pay for the damage they have caused and to take responsibility for their role in the environmental crisis.

California's complaint provides substantial evidence that the defendants have long been aware of the environmental threat posed by fossil fuels.

For instance, over a half a century ago, as early as 1968, API and its members received a report from the Stanford Research Institute, which warned of significant temperature changes and severe environmental damage due to carbon dioxide emissions.

10 years later, in 1978, an internal Exxon memo acknowledged the need for critical decisions regarding energy strategies within a decade.

That was 45 years ago with the only action taking place was denial and to bury the evidence.

California has already spent tens of billions of dollars to adapt to climate change and address environmental damage caused by the oil industry.

However, the state anticipates having to spend even more in the years ahead.

Governor Gavin Newsom emphasized that Californian taxpayers should not bear the burden of this cost, especially considering the devastating consequences, including wildfires, toxic air quality, heatwaves, and droughts.

Governor Newsom has been at the forefront of the push for change.

In 2019, he called for a phased-out approach to oil production in California, citing the worsening effects of global warming.

While this move received resistance from petroleum companies and local officials, it signaled a strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

Climate liability litigation is gaining momentum, and California's decision to take Big Oil to court is a pivotal moment in the fight against major polluters.

According to Richard Wiles, president of the Center for Climate Integrity, "California's decision to take Big Oil companies to court is a watershed moment in the rapidly expanding fight to hold major polluters accountable for decades of climate lies."

The lawsuit highlights the immense scale of the "devastating public nuisance" created by the oil industry's misconduct.

Its consequences are felt in every corner of California, impacting ecosystems and communities alike.

This lawsuit represents a significant step towards justice and accountability, sending a powerful message to the world that environmental deception will no longer be tolerated.

California's legal battle against major oil companies marks a turning point in the global fight against climate change.

The state's commitment to holding these giants accountable for their decades of deception is a beacon of hope for environmental activists worldwide.

As the case unfolds, it is clear that California is determined to secure a sustainable future for its citizens and set a precedent for responsible environmental stewardship on a global scale.

Which in itself is very encouraging to all us committed to protecting the environment.

“If All the Greedy People that Pollute can get Together & Show Strength in Unity – then Honest, Environmentalists Must Do the Same. You See – It’s as Simple As That." - George C. Keefe/ENCASEMENT Guy


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