Under Scrutiny from Federal Judge, Climate Litigants Backtrack on Conspiracy Claim

California cities suing energy companies for the risks of climate change have quietly admitted that at least some of the allegations in their original filings were not aligned with the evidence they cited. The admission will almost certainly raise additional doubts about the plaintiffs’ case, which has come under increased scrutiny after a series of embarrassing missteps.

The cities of Oakland and San Francisco filed amended complaints this week after a disastrous appearance in federal court on March 21. The new filing tones down a section about the Global Climate Coalition (GCC), an entity that was active in the 1990s and which the plaintiffs have used as evidence of an industry conspiracy to suppress climate science.

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