For Immediate Release
Colorado Communities File Lawsuit Against Oil Giants for Climate Change Costs
Costs of climate change impacts estimated to top one hundred million dollars by 2050.
Boulder, Colorado - Today, the Colorado communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder—with legal support from EarthRights International, Niskanen Center, and other co-counsel—filed a lawsuit against Suncor and ExxonMobil (“Exxon”), two oil companies with significant responsibility for climate change. The communities have demanded that these companies pay their fair share of the costs associated with climate change impacts so that the costs do not fall disproportionately on taxpayers.
- Exxon is the largest investor-owned fossil fuel producer in history. Suncor is one of the world’s largest independent energy companies. Both are active in Colorado.
- Suncor’s U.S. operations are based in Denver, Colorado; the company supplies about 35 percent of the state’s gasoline and diesel fuel demand. Suncor and Exxon work closely together in Colorado to market and sell fossil fuels.
- The two companies jointly own the majority of Syncrude Canada Ltd., one of the largest developer of Canada’s tar sands.
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