The latter decision comes hot on the heels of a controversial move by Exxon.
The company recently claimed that it would submit to its shareholders and become more transparent when dealing with climate change threats to their portfolios. Now, the world’s largest publicly traded oil conglomerate is planning to sue cities that sue them on climate change, citing contradictory arguments.
Exxon was well aware of what it was doing to accelerate climate change for several decades. This knowledge, however, was smeared over by a powerful PR campaign that spread damaging misinformation instead.
With that in mind, one can see how de Blasio has concluded that obfuscating fossil fuel companies should pay the city for its climate resilience measures, particularly those linked to increased flood risks associated with hurricanes.
The Trump administration may be putting its head in the sand when it comes to climate change, but at least it’s completely alone in this regard. Every other country in the world appears to want to do something about climate change, and they’ll be happy to know that much of the United States is actually on their side.
One notable coalition represents 130 million Americans, and includes plenty of mayors and governors – both Democrats and Republicans – as well as hundreds of cities and thousands of businesses. They are all part of a nationwide effort to transition to a low-carbon economy.
This latest move, then, adds fuel to the fire. Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, told reporters that these actions made New York City “a capital in the fight against climate change.”