Economics/Class Relations

It’s Time to Try Fossil-Fuel Executives for Crimes Against Humanity

I’m inclined to agree with this. Not so much for environmental reasons as much as the fact that fossil fuel companies have been major benefactors and beneficiaries of Middle Eastern wars, Takfiri terrorism, and the regimes who finance and support it.

By Kate Aronoff, Jacobin

It isn’t hyperbole to say that fossil-fuel executives are mass murderers. We should put them on trial for crimes against humanity. The fossil-fuel industry is lawyering up. To date, nine cities have sued the fossil industry for climate damages. California fisherman are going after oil companies for their role in warming the Pacific Ocean, a process that soaks the Dungeness crabs they harvest with a dangerous neurotoxin. Former acting New York state attorney general Barbara Underwood has opened an investigation into whether ExxonMobil has misled its shareholders about the risks it faces from climate change, a push current Attorney General Leticia James has said she is eager to keep up.

Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey opened an earlier investigation into whether Exxon defrauded the public by spreading disinformation about climate change, which various courts — including the Supreme Court — have refused to block despite the company’s pleas. And in Juliana vs. U.S., young people have filed suit against the government for violating their constitutional rights by pursuing policies that intensify global warming, hitting the dense ties between Big Oil and the state.


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