In 1968, scientists working in secret for the oil industry completed a shocking study. The finding? Carbon dioxide causes global warming.
"There appears to be no doubt that the potential damage to our environment could be severe," the study said.
And for the next 40 years, the same Big Oil companies that helped commission that study not only kept polluting -- they funded political campaigns to block action on global warming and confuse the public.
Now a lawsuit has been filed in the State of California, holding Exxon, BP, and Chevron directly responsible for the damage the companies knowingly caused.
The lawsuit has the potential to bring down the biggest climate criminals in history. But Big Oil will spend whatever it takes on an army of lawyers to tie up the lawsuit in court. Will you chip in to help fund the lawsuit and fight for action on climate?
The evidence is overwhelmingly clear that Exxon, Chevron, and BP knew that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide pollution and that the devastating climate impact would include sea-level rise, worse drought, and more intense hurricanes -- just like what we’re seeing today.
The secret 1968 study concluded that "significant temperature changes are almost certain" by 2000 unless global warming pollution is stopped. Additional industry research in the years to come found that Chevron, BP, and Exxon knew that their pollution would cause the devastation we're now experiencing.
That's why three California communities -- Marin and San Mateo Counties and the City of Imperial Beach -- filed a suit to hold these polluters accountable. The law is clear: If a company knowingly produces a product that endangers the public's health and safety, the company can be held liable. That means these companies are on the hook for massive damages.
This isn't just about getting revenge against these climate criminals. It's about finally forcing the reduction in global warming global-warming pollution that these companies knew were necessary almost five decades ago. A finding of liability could give us the power to force these companies to agree to finally make the changes to clean energy that they should have made a long time ago.
But Big Oil has nearly unlimited resources for fighting this lawsuit, so we're joining the effort to finance the battle while building grassroots support for action in countries around the world.