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For Immediate Release

Mike Meno, Center for Climate Integrity, 

Vermont Sues Big Oil Companies for Consumer Fraud

A.G. Donovan is the seventh attorney general to take Exxon and other oil giants to court for lying about their product’s role in climate change.


Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced a new consumer protection lawsuit against Exxon, Shell, and other major oil and gas companies for "numerous deceptive acts and unfair practices in connection with their marketing, distribution, and sale of gasoline and other fossil fuel products to consumers within the State."

Richard Wiles, executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, released the following statement:

"Big Oil companies spent decades lying to the public about the catastrophic harm they knew their products would cause -- it's time they are held accountable. Communities are tired of paying the price for the fossil fuel industry's climate deception, and it's only right that they turn to the courts for justice. The growing wave of climate accountability lawsuits shows that big oil and gas companies can no longer lie to the American public without consequences."

Background on Lawsuits Seeking to Hold Big Oil Accountable for Climate Deception:

Since 2017, the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia, as well as 20 city and county governments in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and Washington, have filed lawsuits to hold major oil and gas companies accountable for deceiving the public about their products' role in climate change.

The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) helps cities and states across the country hold corporate polluters accountable for the massive impacts of climate change.

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