Cana­dian en­ergy com­pany named in Cal­i­for­nia law­suit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

A Cana­dian en­ergy com­pany is named in three mas­sive law­suits that at­tempt to link dam­ages suf­fered from cli­mate change to in­dus­try’s at­tempts to slow ac­tion on the is­sue. Calgary-based En­cana is among 20 in­ter­na­tional en­ergy ma­jors and their sub­sidiaries that face claims from three Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­ni­ties.

They say the com­pa­nies have de­lib­er­ately sown mis­in­for­ma­tion and doubt on cli­mate change and are at least par­tially re­spon­si­ble for re­lated dam­ages, such as shore­line ero­sion.

The law­suits, filed Mon­day in Cal­i­for­nia, draw on le­gal prece­dents used against to­bacco com­pa­nies.

Le­gal schol­ars say the cases also use new arguments and are be­ing closely watched. They are the lat­est in a grow­ing num­ber of such law­suits around the world.

A re­cent United Na­tions study counted more than 600 cases in 24 coun­tries re­gard­ing cli­mate sci­ence and mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts.

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