Last year, Oakland sued the American oil company and four others for billions of dollars, to pay for sea walls and other measures to protect the city from the impacts of global warming. Chevron says it hasn’t caused climate change and shouldn’t have to pay—but just in case the court disagrees, then they want Statoil, Norway’s state-owned oil company, to have to pay up, too.  That’s the gist of a third-party lawsuit Chevron recently filed in  California court:
Chevron’s complaint argues that the company “primarily is a producer of fossil fuels, not a user or burner of such fuels. Greenhouse gases generally are not released from fossil fuels until the fuels are burned or otherwise consumed.” Then it points the finger at Statoil, which, “like Chevron and each of the other Defendants in these actions, has engaged, and continues to engage, directly and through its agents …
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