Tong takes on ExxonMobil over climate change

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MARK PAZNIOKAS :: CTMIRROR.ORGAttorney General William Tong announced Monday that Connecticut is suing ExxonMobil for its role in causing global warning and climate change.Connecticut on Monday joined a growing list of states and local governments using litigation to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for causing climate change, employing a strategy it says may tap into evidence off limits in many other cases.
Attorney General William Tong is filing suit in Hartford Superior Court against ExxonMobil, considered the grandaddy of the companies now accused of knowing for decades their products contributed to the emissions that cause global warming and climate change, but hiding it from the public.
“ExxonMobil sold oil and gas, but it also sold lies about climate science. ExxonMobil knew that continuing to burn fossil fuels would have a significant impact on the environment, public health and our economy. Yet it chose to deceive the public,” Tong said.
The state is seeking compensation for past, present and future harm from climate change, including for investments already made, and is going after some of the company’s profits.
Connecticut’s is suing under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, the law Connecticut used to make a similar successful claim …

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