AEA Commends Dismissal of ‘Frivolous’ Climate Lawsuits

WASHINGTON — American Energy Alliance commends Judge Alsup and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for their dismissal of the climate change lawsuits filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against the five major energy producers. The ruling correctly concluded the complaint of climate change to be beyond the proper purview of the courts. Thomas J. Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance (AEA) made the following statement:

“These lawsuits were nothing more than a shakedown of energy companies designed to bail out financially mismanaged cities. This frivolous litigation ignored the benefits of affordable, reliable energy and should be seen as an insult to California residents, especially those who are already struggling to make ends meet.

“Judge Alsup’s judgement said it well: ‘our industrial revolution and the development of our modern world has literally been fueled by oil and coal. Without those fuels, virtually all of our monumental progress would have been impossible. All of us have benefitted.’

“The U.S. District Court ruled correctly in dismissing these lawsuits, and Californians are better for it. We hope plaintiffs of similar litigation elsewhere take heed.”

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