The Hawaii Legal professional Basic helps the county’s lawsuits towards fossil gasoline corporations over the prices of local weather change
Hawaii’s Attorney General Clare E. Connors supports the county’s claims that several large fossil fuel companies should be held accountable for fraudulent trading practices and other violations of state law.
Connors filed an amicus pamphlet in the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Friday alleging that companies like Aloha Petroleum Ltd., ExxonMobil, and Chevron knowingly misled and contributed to consumers about the harmful effects of fossil fuels have to climate change.
Honolulu filed a lawsuit against the companies in the Hawaii First Circuit Court last March, saying that oil companies, not taxpayers, should be held accountable for the harmful effects of fossil fuels. Maui County filed a lawsuit against the companies in the Hawaiian Second Circuit Court last October, saying they were part of a decades-long campaign of deception and that the rising cost and impact of the climate was being felt there in the form of ongoing chronic drought, heat waves and increasing coastal erosion.
These oil companies are liable for damage and other costs associated with this deliberate campaign to confuse the public and keep their profits up.
Additionally, the state agrees with a federal judge that state courts – not a federal court – should have jurisdiction over the two Hawaiian lawsuits against fossil fuel companies. This move, according to the attorney general’s press release, is an attempt by the oil companies not to hold themselves accountable before the state justice system.
The cases are currently pending in the Ninth District after companies appealed the decision.
“Hawaii is an island state that relies on the health of its natural environment, which is home to a diverse and fragile biodiversity that cannot be found anywhere else in the world,” Connors said in a press release. “For decades, Big Oil knowingly deceived consumers about the harmful effects of its products on our environment, and in support of the counties’ efforts to hold these companies accountable, we are calling on the Ninth Ward to try these cases in state courts where they are belong.”
Connors said Hawaii and other states are witnessing the catastrophic effects of climate change, be it forest fires and heat waves; Sea level rise and changes in precipitation; or other changes that affect agriculture and food production.
Hawaii has seen significant beach erosion due to rising sea levels and significant loss of living coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures. In addition, these impacts are expected to worsen along with more severe weather events, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Last year, weather events, including a record number of named tropical storms in the Atlantic and active forest fires, cost an unprecedented $ 22 billion, the highest amount recorded since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began assessing the cost of these disasters.
The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia also signed the amicus briefing.