California sues Big Oil for years of damages from climate-fueled disasters

by Katie Nelson

September 16, 2023

The state of California has sued ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips and the American Petroleum Institute for misinformation about climate change.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 16, 2023)–In response to California suing major oil companies for their responsibility in driving the climate crisis, Amy Moas, Ph.D., Senior Policy Campaigner at Greenpeace USA, said: “We’re thrilled to see Governor Newsom utilizing his authority to fight back against the dirtiest and most damaging industry on Earth. Big Oil needs to be held accountable for its lies, the ones that are threatening the very livability of our planet and are making California ground-zero for climate-fueled disasters. 

“Leaders must use every tool in their toolbox to combat the simultaneous crises at hand – the climate crisis and public health crises driven by fossil fuels – and recognize that urgent action is of the utmost importance. We expect Newsom to continue to do everything in his capacity to protect his constituents from the evils of fossil fuels, especially those living nearest to toxic drilling sites.”


Contact: Katie Nelson, Greenpeace USA Senior Communications Specialist, [email protected], +1 (678) 644-1681

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Katie Nelson

By Katie Nelson

Katie Nelson is a Senior Communications Specialist at Greenpeace USA.

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