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Attorney General Continues Legal Fight Against ExxonMobil Over Climate Change

Attorney General Continues Legal Fight Against ExxonMobil Over Climate Change

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is continuing his legal fight against ExxonMobil six months after filing a lawsuit alleging the oil company has known for decades that burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change.

“Extreme weather is a fact of life now. ExxonMobil knew about all that and they kept it from us and that’s why I sued them,” Tong said.

It’s on Connecticut’s ski slopes where Attorney General William Tong is taking his continued legal battle against the oil and gas giant and alleged climate change deception.

“Their initial response was, of course, more lies and more denials and now they’re in court lying to the court trying to kick their case to federal court instead of keeping it in state court,” Tong said.

Tong took legal action against ExxonMobil six months ago under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, alleging an ongoing, systemic campaign of lies and deception to hide from the public what he says the company has known for decades about the connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change.

In response, ExxonMobil called the claims baseless and without merit.

"Legal proceedings like this waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money and do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” the company said in a statement.

But Tong argues the financial burden of climate change could fall on Connecticut’s outdoor recreation industry, including its ski areas.

“It means obviously less business and less customers but it also means increased cost. One of the things that you got to do if you have warmer temperatures and shorter winters is you’ve got to make snow,” Tong said.

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