May 17, 2018 by Emily Jackson
(Source: Climate Liability News) The Trump administration has filed an amicus brief on behalf of five oil giants, arguing that lawsuits by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco attempting to hold the companies accountable for the impacts of climate change violate the constitutional principle of separation of powers.
In the brief, the Department of Justice said the cities’ claims are preempted by the Clean Air Act, which regulates air pollution and emissions. The department contends the issues should be addressed by federal regulators, not the courts. The brief was filed ahead of a May 24 hearing in U.S. District Court on the oil companies’ motion to dismiss the case. Read full article
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