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Media Roundtable: The growing wave of climate change lawsuits against oil giants for the devastation caused by fossil fuels

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we discuss the wave of lawsuits by cities and states against oil giants like ExxonMobil.

These lawsuits, which could cost the industry billions of dollars, attempt to hold fossil fuel giants accountable for environmental damage and deception. Exxon has a long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis, according to several investigations. We'll also find out how Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial.


Chris McGreal, writer for Guardian US, former Guardian correspondent in Washington, Johannesburg and Jerusalem, and author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

Web Resources:

The Guardian: Oil firms accused of scare tactics after claiming climate lawsuits ‘a threat to US’

The Guardian: How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

The Guardian: A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him

The Guardian: Exxon CEO accused of lying about climate science to congressional panel

NPR: Lawsuit alleging oil companies misled public about climate change moves forward

E&E News: Biden fails to fulfill pledge on climate lawsuitsBiden fails to fulfill pledge on climate lawsuits

Nikkei Asia: ExxonMobil Indonesia lawsuit heads for trial after 20 years