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Supreme Court shows interest in major climate change case: potential ‘nightmare’ for liberals

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The Supreme Court recently took an interest in a major climate change case brought by Hawaii against major oil companies. Democrats are raising concerns about the court’s alleged ties to the fossil fuel industry. The city of Honolulu has filed a lawsuit against companies including Sunoco, Exxon and Chevron, accusing them of failing to warn consumers about the environmental risks associated with their products, leading to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

The city is seeking billions in damages to address the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, heat waves, flooding and overall global warming. The Supreme Court has asked the Justice Department for input on whether to hear the case, indicating there is potential interest in hearing the case.

Energy companies initially appealed to Hawaii’s Supreme Court, arguing that federal law prohibits individual states from shaping energy policy for the entire country. However, the state court ruled that the case would go to trial. Critics of the court, including some Democrats, have accused it of favoring fossil fuel companies and delaying regulations on emissions.

The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, has pushed for the Supreme Court to hear the case, while liberal dark money groups have supported the lawsuit. Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald highlighted in his opinion the companies’ alleged concealment of climate change risks and disinformation campaigns.

Sher Edling, LLP, the firm representing Hawaii in the case, has been involved in numerous climate nuisance lawsuits across the country. Critics claim these businesses are funded by left-wing dark money and pose a threat to consumers. The Supreme Court’s possible decision to hear the case could have significant implications for climate change lawsuits nationwide.

Overall, the Supreme Court’s interest in Hawaii’s climate change case has led to debates about the court’s independence and its stance on environmental issues. The outcome of this case could set a precedent for future lawsuits and policies related to climate change in the United States.