No Surprises Here: Honolulu Announces Intent to File Climate Liability Suit After Being Courted by Activist Attorneys

After years of investigation, millions of pages of documents reviewed, and hours upon hours of legal scheming, the New York Attorney General’s office finally faced ExxonMobil in a courtroom this fall—only to stumble on the execution. Now, with closing arguments looming, climate activists are trying to keep the litigation dream alive, announcing that the city of Honolulu and Maui County will soon file lawsuits of their own against energy producers.

“We’re starting the first steps to protect our island of Oahu, our state of Hawaii and our planet,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at a press conference on Tuesday.


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