The American Petroleum Institute (API) has been sued again for allegedly deceiving the public about the harms of burning fossil fuels. Anne Arundel County in Maryland filed suit against the trade group and several oil/gas corporations to recover the costs associated with addressing sea-level rise — a climate change impact familiar to those living in this coastal county.
“The fact that these lawsuits continue to pile up is hardly surprising. API and its member companies have spent decades denying, minimizing, and failing to address the harmful effects of burning fossil fuels. Their actions disproportionately impact communities of color and exacerbate the devastation of climate change. While millions suffer thanks to pollution and the climate crisis, API is only interested in lining the pockets of wealthy oil and gas company executives,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US.
While API continues to insist it is committed to addressing climate change, the suit alleges the threats posed by flooding, sea-level rise, and storm surges are due to API and its members failing to disclose the climate impacts of burning fossil fuels.