Law Prof: Climate Lawsuits are Losers: “Cross Examination Is Going To Be Brutal”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

New York University Law Professor Richard Epstein thinks political attempts to sue oil companies like Exxon are doomed, thanks to the fossil fuel hypocrisy of the plaintiffs.

‘Cross Examination Is Going To Be Brutal’: NYU Law Prof Says Climate Change Litigation Is A Loser

Karen Kidd

California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities’ futures in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

“My guess is they know they’re going to lose those lawsuits,” Richard Epstein, who also is director of NYU’s Classical Liberal Institute, told Legal Newsline. “I certainly believe they will.”

Those same fossil fuels also help drive the state’s economy, the sixth-largest in the world, Epstein and others say.

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If Professor Epstein is right, why are county and state bodies continuing to waste public money pursuing lawsuits they know they cannot win?

via Watts Up With That?

February 21, 2018 at 11:00AM

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