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San Francisco and Oakland sue oil and gas companies for climate change

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High tide flooding the Embarcadero

San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in California court accuses the companies of ignoring warnings that fossil fuels would cause catastrophic global warming and mounting campaigns to discredit climate change science. It says the companies have created a public nuisance.

The neighboring city of Oakland filed a separate, but similar, suit.

The five companies include Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips. Chevron said in a statement that it welcomes serious attempts to address climate change, but that these suits do not do that.

ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips did not immediately comment. The American Petroleum Institute said in a statement the industry continues to actively address climate change.

At least two other California counties and one city have filed similar lawsuits. Read about those suits by clicking here.