So everyone wants to sue oil companies because we are polluting the world. But why are we polluting the world? From the perspective of the oil industry, we are supplying the energy needs of the world. So if you want to stop us from supplying that need with fossil fuels, you need to stop using products that are derivatives of fossil fuels. Then, we will stop producing fossil fuels.
What am I missing here? Because when you examine how energy is used, you find that 63% of electricity generated in the USA comes from fossil fuels, and 92% of transportation energy comes from fossil fuels. So if all oil companies stopped producing fossil fuels TOMORROW, how would Americans replace the that source of energy?
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A California city has filed a lawsuit against 29 oil companies seeking damages to pay for the costs of rising sea levels it blames on climate change, the ninth U.S. community to take the fossil fuel industry to court.
The San Francisco suburb of Richmond filed a civil case in a California court on Monday against the energy giant Chevron, its biggest employer, and other oil companies for planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions dating back to 1965.
“Defendants have known for nearly 50 years that greenhouse gas pollution from their fossil fuel products has a significant impact on the Earth’s climate and sea levels,” the complaint said.
“Defendants concealed the dangers, sought to undermine public support for greenhouse gas regulation, and engaged in massive campaigns to promote the ever-increasing use of their products at ever greater volumes.”
New York City announced earlier this month that it filed a multibillion dollar lawsuit against five top oil companies, citing their “contributions to global warming,” following similar lawsuits filed last year by California cities.
A Chevron spokesman questioned the benefits that could come from Richmond’s lawsuit, filed on Monday.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue that requires global engagement,” said Braden Reddall in emailed comments.
Chevron employs nearly 3,500 people at its Richmond refinery, municipal data shows.
Richmond is “uniquely vulnerable” because it is surrounded by water on three sides, with 32 miles (52 km) of shoreline and is one of the poorest communities in the Bay area, the mayor’s office said in a statement.
“Taxpayers of this low-income city should not have to pay for the damages that these companies are causing,” Alex Knox, Richmond mayor’s chief of staff, said in emailed comments.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to pull out of the global Paris climate change accord and roll back environmental regulations means campaigners are increasingly resorting to litigation.
Legal scrutiny of oil companies is growing in the United States, said Michael Gerrard, an environmental expert at Columbia Law School.”Each new lawsuit is incrementally more pressure on the oil companies,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
What is U.S. electricity generation by energy source?
In 2017, about 4,015 billion kilowatthours (kWh) (or 4.01 trillion kWh) of electricity were generated at utility-scale facilities in the United States. 1 About 63% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases). About 20% was from nuclear energy, and about 17% was from renewable energy sources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that an additional 24 billion kWh of electricity generation was from small-scale solar photovoltaic systems in 2017. 2
Petroleum is the main source of energy for transportation
In 2016, petroleum products provided about 92% of the total energy the U.S. transportation sector used. Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, contributed about 5% of the total energy the transportation sector used, and natural gas contributed about 3%. Electricity provided less than 1% of the total energy used.