Ann Carlson Quoted in Daily Democrat Story on Climate Change Lawsuits

Professor Ann Carlson told the Daily Democrat of Woodland, California, that past lawsuits against tobacco companies can serve as a model for current cases brought by California municipalities, seeking to make oil companies pay for climate change because, the plaintiffs claim, the companies have long known that burning fossil fuels harms the environment. “If you can show evidence that a defendant engaged in a campaign to obfuscate, it’s more than just a nice detail,” said Carlson, the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, who is an advisor to some of the cities and counties filing the lawsuits. While firms like ExxonMobil dispute the claims, she said, “Evidence helps.”

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