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California v BP Decision

June 25, 2018
By U.S. District Judge William Alsup

Federal Judge William Alsup tosses Oakland and San Francisco's lawsuit against oil companies out of court.

U.S. district court judge William Alsup ruled Congress and the president were best suited, as opposed to cities, states or the judiciary, to deal with the role of human greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels, throwing out lawsuits filed by Oakland and San Francisco seeking to hold big oil companies liable for the Earth’s changing environment.

Alsup noted the world benefited significantly from oil and other fossil fuels, saying questions about how to balance the “worldwide positives of the energy” against its role in climate change  “demand the expertise of our environmental agencies, our diplomats, our Executive, and at least the Senate.”

Alsup also indicated it would be unfair to “ignore our own responsibility in the use of fossil fuels and place the blame for global warming on those who supplied what we demanded.”