(Reuters) – Lawyers in five U.S. states and the District of Columbia on Monday called on President Joe Biden's Justice Department to withdraw legal documents filed in support of fossil fuel companies in disputes under the Trump administration, arguing that they are fighting against the new president's position on climate change.
The best law enforcement officials in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland asking him to inform the courts that the Department of Justice no longer supports these notifications in ongoing disputes.
"These positions are not only misplaced ̵
States have sued the oil industry, which has violated state laws on consumer protection and fraud by companies by downplaying the risks of climate change or "greenwashing" their image by portraying themselves as part of the solution.
Their attorneys general argue that the fact that Trump-era DOJ amicus briefs are still registered allows oil companies to prolong disputes and argue that cases should be transferred to federal courts rather than state courts.
Industry prefers federal courts to weigh these cases because they argue that federal laws precede any requirement under state law. that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels cause climate change and related damage.
Government officials said that these briefs undermine their “efforts to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for the damage caused to our states – to our consumers, our investors, our infrastructure, our real estate and our natural resources.
The Ministry of Justice was not immediately available for comment.
The Supreme Court is part of iberating a lawsuit filed by the City of Baltimore against energy companies and considering whether the case and others like it should be tried in a state court or in a federal court. The city is seeking monetary damage due to the effects of global climate change. Catalog