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August 2, 2018

“Why Judges Aren’t Buying Cities’ Climate Change Lawsuits”

In a RealClearMarkets op-ed, former U.S. Senator Luther Strange said the recently dismissed lawsuits from cities and counties against major energy companies over potential effects of climate change show that “the courts are not the proper place to make climate policy.”

Strange said using the courts to “usurp the place of Congress and regulators is a recipe for incoherence” and will “only to enrich trial lawyers.” The dismissals, Strange said, from Judge William Alsup in California and Judge John F. Keenan in New York “should serve as a flashing red light to other municipalities” that are considering similar lawsuits.

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