(Reuters) – Connecticut sued oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday for misleading the public about the effects of climate change and became the latest state to target the fossil fuel industry for violating state consumer protection laws.
Attorney General William Tong sued Connecticut's Supreme Court, claiming that Exxon violated the state's unfair commercial practices and deceived Connecticut consumers about what the company knew about the impact of fossil fuels on climate change.
"Exxon Mobil made billions of dollars during its decades-long fraud campaign that continues today," said Justice Minister Tong, adding that the state "would not have to bear the cost of strengthening our infrastructure to adapt to the very real consequences of climate change."
Over the past few months, Advocates General of Massachusetts, Minnesota, District of Columbia, and Delaware have sued members of the fossil fuel industry, accusing companies of violating state laws by tricking consumers into harming their products.
Exxon's spokesman Casey Norton said the company will defend itself in court and continue to invest in efforts to reduce emissions.
"Legal proceedings like this waste millions of dollars in taxpayers' money and do nothing to promote meaningful measures that reduce the risk of climate change," Norton said. , Connecticut focuses on a company and a team.
AG Tong will investigate "all of Exxon Mobile's scams dating back decades" as well as the company's current advertising and marketing, which he says incorrectly shows Exxon working to combat climate change.
The state seeks "remediation for past, present and future damage from climate change", compensation for investments it had to make to adapt to climate change, ie corporate profits and the establishment of a "third-party education fund" on climate change, including relief. Catalog