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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Alaskan Village Sues Energy Companies for Global Warming

The New York Times reports on a suit filed yesterday by the Alaska native village of Kivalina against 20 oil, electric, and coal companies. The village, which is being forced to relocate because of flooding caused by global warming, accuses the companies of creating a public nuisance and also of conspiracy:

“There has been a long campaign by power, coal and oil companies to mislead the public about the science of global warming,” the suit says. The campaign, it says, contributed “to the public nuisance of global warming by convincing the public at large and the victims of global warming that the process is not man-made when in fact it is.”

The suit alleges that the cost for relocating the village is $400 million.


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