Oil & Coal Companies May Soon Join Tobacco

Environmental organizations are looking at the landmark tobacco industry lawsuits as models to facilitate environmental change. International environmental organizations are building a case for the legal liabilities that may accrue to companies responsible for climate change such as oil, steel, cement, and coal-fired electric companies. Friends of the Earth (FOE) is studying whether to initiate legal action against industrialized countries and private industries that block the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

When FOE discussed the possibility of a global warming damage lawsuit with British
Petroleum (BP), BP attorneys responded similary to tobacco industry executives when they testified to the U.S. Congress that tobacco was not proven to be addictive. The BP attorneys said, “Climate change hasn’t been proven.”

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