NYC sues Big Oil

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that New York City is suing Big Oil. The Democrat said the city will take BP, Exxon, Shell and the American Petroleum Institute to court over violations of the city's consumer protection law. (April 22)

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BILL DE BLASIO: The City of New York will be filing a lawsuit against big oil in state supreme court. We're specifically targeting Exxon, Shell, BP, and the American Petroleum Institute, which is the trade group for big oil.

And this is clear that the petroleum industry has violated New York City's consumer protection law because the law guarantees truth in advertising. And what has happened here is effectively false advertising, a clear effort to mislead, a consistent decision to engage in deceptive trade practices.

In fact, their products do not help us address climate change. They only make it worse. So we're going to go at them. And the numbers that we're going to present in court are staggering. Exxon, BP, and Shell combined have produced-- this is just an unbelievable number. They have produced 108 billion tons of carbon dioxide since 1965.

So this is unacceptable. It has to end. And we're going to go to the courts for justice. So my message to big oil is, New York City we'll see you in court. And we intend to fight back against what you've done to all New Yorkers.