In what can only be described as a frivolous lawsuit, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has claimed that Big Oil is responsible for the damages to New York City by Hurricane Sandy. This is not a fake news headline. He is really going to try to make the case against the oil companies. Here is a line by line rebuttal of what the Mayor is claiming. I would love to be on the defense team for this case. Some think it is a campaign ploy, pure and simple.
As Written and Reported By Jazz Shaw for Hot Air:
Many people still foolishly blame things like lightning strikes, tornadoes, tsunamis and hurricanes on the random vagaries of fate or simply describe them as acts of God. But not the intrepid Mayor of New York City, who apparently also doubles as a sleuth in his spare time. He’s been investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy for half a decade now, seeking out the cause of the storm. And now he’s cracked the case, determining that the lethal storm which wrecked large parts of the northeast was caused by a coalition of five energy companies. And by God, he’s suing them over it.
Not being happy with that form of retribution, Bill de Blasio is going one step further. He’s going to move immediately* to divest the city’s massive pension funds from any investments in the fossil fuel industry, depriving them of cash. (Politico)
(* By “immediately” I mean “not at all immediately,” which we’ll get to presently.)
Mayor Bill de Blasio will sue the country’s five biggest oil companies alleging climate change and global warming led to Hurricane Sandy and its catastrophic fallout and the companies should pay for the city’s resiliency upgrades.
The de Blasio administration will announce Wednesday that the city will sue for reparations and force the companies to pay for the city’s resiliency efforts, which have taken years to complete since 2012, when the storm devastated the city, killing 53 people across the state costing more than…
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