By David Gelles Erin Schaff
New York Times
The article discusses attorney Lee Sims’ groundbreaking lawsuit against major fossil fuel companies on behalf of 16 Puerto Rican municipalities affected by climate change-related damages. Sims argues that these companies, including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP, intentionally deceived the public about the consequences of their actions while being responsible for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1965. Her case stands out for two reasons: it is the first to apply the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to the fossil fuel industry, potentially resulting in significant financial damages, and it seeks damages specifically for a weather event, Hurricane Maria in 2017. The article highlights the significance of the case and the industry’s concern about the potential financial implications if they are found liable for the damages they caused. Sims’ lawsuit is part of a broader wave of litigation targeting fossil fuel companies for their role in climate change.

Abe Mazliach

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