Legal Reformers Question Logic Behind Climate Suits

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June 12, 2018

There is no reason to believe that lawsuits are an effective means to address a complex issue like climate change. This was the sentiment expressed by five prominent legal reformers in a joint op-ed published in Investors Business Daily, in which they contend that there is no clear logic a court could apply to quantify the impact of any individual actor on the environment. They directly address this criticism to the lawsuits filed by a number of localities and contingency fee lawyers against oil and gas producers.

Instead, the authors insist that issues of such far-reaching consequence should be confronted with legislation, claiming that “policy discussions need to happen in the statehouse, not the courthouse.”