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Boulder’s Climate Lawsuit Makes No Sense

Last week the City and County of Boulder and the County of San Miguel filed a lawsuit against Suncor and ExxonMobil, seeking to blame them for the impacts of climate change – a global phenomenon linked to energy use and other activities by some 7.6 billion people worldwide. But the lawsuit offers no citations for the claims it makes, and many of those claims border on the bizarre, which may explain why it was sharply condemned by the Denver Post editorial board and the former attorney general of Colorado, among others.

Like the handful of cities and counties in New York and California that have sued the energy industry over the past year, the three Colorado municipalities allege that they have been harmed by the impacts of climate change – impacts they have helped cause. But perhaps the strangest part of the lawsuit is that the municipalities claim most of the responsibility to pay for these impacts (it is always about the money, after all) should lie with just two companies: ExxonMobil and Suncor.

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