Supreme Court Rejects Climate Cases in Wins for Oil Companies

Supreme Court Rejects Climate Cases in Wins for Oil Companies

( – Democrats aren’t finding as much success as they hoped in their crusade against climate change. In some circles of the Left, it’s almost become a religion to worship at the altar of the Green New Deal, making the politics of climate change both toxic and politically impossible. Unable to pass any meaningful legislation against energy and Big Oil, the Left is using local governments to fight in court in the absence of government laws.

On Monday, May 17, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overwhelmingly ruled in favor of oil companies BP, Chevron, Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, and others sued by the City of Baltimore over climate change. The ruling set the stage for another decision week later to the day. On May 24, the high court rejected three climate change cases against oil companies based on the Baltimore ruling.

Rulings Prove How Difficult Litigation Will Be Against Climate Change

Far-left Democrats and climate change activists claim decades, or longer, of polluting the earth’s atmosphere is causing global climate change. They want the United States to risk its economy and curtail pollution. America has heard this song and dance for decades now. In 2007, former Vice President Al Gore joined the global warming crusade and said that the science was settled. He warned that sea levels would rise so high and quickly that port cities would be lost and other over-the-top hysteria. There were even claims of global catastrophe by 2018 due to climate change.

Obviously, that didn’t happen.

Politicians need a crisis to get anything done, perhaps explaining why climate change laws aren’t a priority in a divided Congress. Since climate activists can’t get moderate Democrats and Republicans to go along with their extreme agenda, potentially costing tens of trillions of dollars, they’re taking a different strategy.

Democrats are attempting to use local governments in state courts that are more friendly to their cause. In 2018, Baltimore sued 21 energy companies in a state court over allegations that their products create carbon dioxide emissions and other supposed greenhouse gases that allegedly change the earth’s atmosphere. The centuries-old city argued it’s vulnerable to sea-level rise and flooding due to the global warming crisis.

Supreme Court Agrees With Energy Companies

In the Baltimore case, the Supreme Court agreed 7-1 with energy companies on a technicality that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t properly consider whether they could hear the case in federal court instead of state courts. Democrats want the right to sue in state courts that are likely to be more friendly to their cause.

Energy companies argued that energy production is a federal issue for many reasons. The most significant is that oil companies transact commerce across state lines on a second-by-second basis. State laws shouldn’t contradict each other in a business sector so large that it impacts national security and the nation’s economy. To summarize simply, the Court agreed with the energy companies.

The Baltimore case is now playing out in other climate change cases. On Monday, the High Court sent three climate change cases back to lower courts. The SCOTUS vacated the lower court’s rulings, meaning it stripped the ruling and ordered the lower courts to reconsider their initial decisions.

The ruling’s implications could be significant as Democrats try to use local and state governments to achieve their climate change agenda. The Supreme Court essentially put a nail in that coffin. So, it could be back to the drawing board once again to see what creative and expensive measures the Democrats will come up with next.

One thing is certain. The Left won’t quit the devotion to their cause, which means they’ll likely get even more radical as they face legal opposition in the courts and continued blocks in the chambers of Congress.

For now, the Supreme Court is thinking in legal terms, not political ones, when it comes to climate change.

That’s the way it should be.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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