Judge opens the door for climate change lawsuit against oil industry in Colorado

Suncor oil refinery



A Colorado Judge has cleared the way for local governments to move ahead with their lawsuit wanting to hold oil and gas companies accountable for climate change damages.

District Judge Robert R. Gunning ruled in the case of the lawsuit filed six years ago by the city of Boulder against Exxon Mobil and Suncor Energy.

Colorado Public Radio reported the ruling sets the stage for a trial to consider whether the fossil fuel companies should be forced to pay for some of the costs related to climate-related disasters like floods and wildfires.

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