‘Sue Big Oil’ Campaign in the News

On October 26, 2023, the website ExxonKnews.org published an article on how Canadian oil executives are being grilled by parliament, and the grassroots “Sue Big Oil” action in British Columbia.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

After months of unprecedented wildfires and an oil executive’s recent pledge to double down on fossil fuels, Canadian governments are facing growing calls to take Big Oil companies to court and hold them accountable for their role in the climate crisis.

In a scene reminiscent of when Big Oil CEOs were hauled before the U.S. Congress in 2021, members of Canada’s parliament last week grilled Suncor Energy CEO Richard Kruger about his company’s commitment — or lack thereof — to the clean energy transition.

At the grassroots level, calls for climate lawsuits against Big Oil companies have been building in Canada for years. The “Sue Big Oil” campaign, led by the nonprofit group West Coast Environmental Law, has been encouraging municipalities in British Columbia to file a joint lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for climate damages since 2022. Just this week, the District of Squamish became the third municipality in B.C. to sign on to the campaign.

You can read the full article here.

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