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California Suing Major Oil Companies

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Source: DTE

 Context: California is suing five major oil and gas companies, including Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and BP, for allegedly deceiving and concealing information about the dangers of fossil fuels and their contribution to climate change.

The lawsuit claims that these actions have caused harm to California, including extreme weather events, health problems, wildfires, and more.

This lawsuit marks a significant legal action against the fossil fuel industry for its role in climate change, with California being the first major oil-producing state to take such action.

Previously, California passed SB-253 Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act on September 12, 2023, requiring companies with annual revenues over $1 billion to disclose their carbon footprint. This includes disclosing direct greenhouse gas emissions and emissions from activities like employee business travel.

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About California: 

California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert.