Ann Carlson Writes for San Francisco Chronicle on Big Oil’s Culpability for Climate Change Effects

Professor Ann Carlson, faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, co-authored an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle in which she argued that there is strong climate science evidence that big oil companies have contributed to climate change and its effects, and should be held financially responsible. 

“At the heart of both cases are these central questions,” wrote Carlson, citing two recent federal court cases involving California counties and cities. “What did fossil fuel producers know about climate change and its causes and effects, when did they know it, and how did their public statements square with what they knew? The answers could help determine whether these companies should pay for some of the billions of dollars needed to protect Californians from rising seas and damage from drought, wildfire and other extreme events worsened by climate change.”

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