With the Help of Activists, Anne Arundel County Joins Climate Litigation Brigade

On Tuesday, Anne Arundel County, Maryland became the latest municipality to file a public nuisance climate change lawsuit against energy companies and a trade association representing the industry. While the county’s decision to file a lawsuit in unsurprising – as Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced back in February that the county was “considering” a lawsuit – what is surprising is how bold activist groups were in coordinating with both Anne Arundel County and Annapolis, MD officials to bring lawsuit in both municipalities.

Published emails show that a local activist group, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), along with the Rockefeller-funded Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), engaged with both Maryland municipalities to file climate litigation targeting the energy industry. In fact, CCI and CCAN went as far as recommending to these municipalities that they use Sher Edling as outside counsel, which both have done.

These efforts by CCAN and CCI to push litigation underscore just how coordinated the climate litigation campaign is by anti-energy activists and plaintiffs’ attorneys.

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