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Boulder Officials: Actually, Our Climate Lawsuit is About Driving “Systems-Level Change”

Three years ago, when the City and County of Boulder and the County of San Miguel introduced its climate lawsuit, the municipalities’ elected leaders made it unmistakably clear that their case was solely about seeking damages to pay for the costs associated with climate change.

As it turns out, that’s not exactly true. During a Boulder City Council study session last month, a top city official turned that argument on its head, revealing that the plaintiffs are also looking to use the lawsuit as a means of advancing a “fundamental systems change”.

Admitting that they’re pursuing a lawsuit to force political changes undermines Boulder’s argument and instead reinforces its role in the larger political campaign to attack the oil and natural gas industry and enact preferred public policies through the court system.

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