Enviro Lawyer's Comments Could Sink NYC's Climate Crusade

Enviro Lawyer's Comments Could Sink NYC's Climate Crusade
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One of the attorneys heading New York City's climate litigation made comments in September that could seriously harm the city's mission to sue oil companies for contributing to global warming.

New York City's climate lawsuits are ultimately designed to target the industry's financial bottom line, Susan Amron, the chief of the environmental law division of the New York City Law Department, said at a Sept. 26 panel discussion during the Climate Week NYC.

“So, we're not saying you can't use fossil fuels, that's a different part of the city's efforts,” Amron said during the panel, noting also that the lawsuit is designed to impress on companies the need to “internalize the costs” fossil fuels impose on cities.

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