Supreme Court hands oil companies massive win over climate change alarmists

While the fossil fuel industry thrived under former President Donald Trump, the major oil companies included in the industry will undoubtedly face new and potentially devastating challenges under President Joe Biden.

However, according to the Washington Examiner, a handful of major oil companies responsible for the refinement of the bulk of America’s oil received good news this week as the U.S. Supreme Court handed them a much-needed win with regard to a lawsuit filed against them by the city of Baltimore, regarding damages the city claims they owed due to climate change issues. 

Baltimore sued a long list of both American and foreign oil companies, arguing that the emissions from such companies negatively impact climate change. With Baltimore being a port city, attorneys argued that the city is more susceptible to sea-level rises as a result of the perceived climate change impact.

The 7-1 decision, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, essentially ruled that oil companies like BP PLC, Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., and Royal Dutch Shell PLC can make their cases in federal courts as opposed to state courts, which they greatly prefer.

Oil companies have long argued that such cases are a federal matter, as issues of emissions and greenhouse gases, which inevitably cross state and international lines, can’t be properly addressed in a state court.

The high court wrote that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit failed to allow the oil companies to make the argument to have their cases heard in federal court, as opposed to state-level courts, which Baltimore would have preferred.

The SCOTUS ruling will undoubtedly have an impact on the entire oil industry, as there are many additional oil companies locked in similar lawsuits filed by various cities and states across the country.

According to Reuters, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only dissenting justice in the case. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito recused himself from the case, presumably given his financial positions in at least two of the oil companies involved.

Oil and gas companies — critical to the nation but constantly under attack by the left — might have a tough road ahead until another Trump-like conservative president is elected, but at least they can breathe a sigh of relief now, knowing that they won’t be restricted to facing the potential bias of a state-level court in such matters.

 
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  1. Let’s be honest, Folks! Stopping the Keystone Pipeline was one (among many) of Biden’s DUMBEST ideas! America had finally become energy independent, with the largest supply of oil in the world! Our energy problems were solved, thanks to President Trump! Now, once again, we will have to rely on foreign countries that hate us! We’re already seeing prices get higher at our gas pumps and grocery stores, and soon we’ll be facing another harsh winter, where we’ll be paying more for heating! In fact, EVERYTHING that requires gas and oil will soon be seeing prices go through the roof! What on earth would cause Joe Biden to make such a crazy decision?! Then, during a COVID pandemic, he opens our southern border and allows thousands of illegal immigrants into our country! MY QUESTION: WHO is REALLY running our government now? An even bigger question: How do we get rid of him, before he totally destroys America?

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  3. As you said, heating also A/C. Plus radio? Not in these cars they are such that everything is auxilliary, only what’s really necessary.

  4. If the Washington eggheads are so enamored of the green (EVs) electric cars, take a look just outside Paris. There is an elephants’ graveyard only it isn’t for elephants it’s for EVs. When the battery dies and it does prematurely in comparison to the “fossil fuel car battery” besides going slow. It really is cheaper just to buy a new car than replace the battery, pay a mechanic to install it, etc. Not to mention that these EVs still need parts from the ‘old cars,’ when the battery has to be recharged and you’re in the middle of nowhere have a switch that lets you get to a gas engine or you are screwed. A mechanic buddy who took one for a test drive told me a bit.

    1. if i were the oil companies i would stop shipping anything to baltimore or any other city that sues them.but if they do it now before going to court then we’ll see who changes their mind!

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  8. Maybe they think we should BUY our oil from Venezuela?! IT IS CALLED NATIONAL SECURITY! The EPA idiots have just about driven EVERY FOUNDRY AND STEEL MILL OUT OF THE US. IN CASE OF WAR, WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO, BUY TANKS FROM CHINA?! Luckily, some wise people put the ITAR (International Trade in Armament Requirement) which requires that all Defense related products are manufactured by allies AND a US CITIZEN MUST PERFORM PRESHIPMENT INSPECTION ON THE PARTS BEFORE THEY SHIP! NOW REOPEN THE PIPELINE BIDEN CLOSED! EVERYONE BUYS ALL THEIR JUNK FROM CHINA, WHO HAPPENS TO BE THE NUMBER ONE POLUTING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! THEY SAY THAT IS OKAY BECAUSE THEY ARE “DEVELOPING”. SHENZHEN, SHANGHAI AND BEIJING ARE DEVELOPED, THE FURTHER YOU GET FROM THE COASTS THE LESS DEVELOPED IT IS, JUST LIKE THE US! CHINA MUST LIVE WITH THE SAME RULES AS EVERY OTHER COUNTRY, AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MUST BE ON AN EQUAL BASIS! IT IS NOT THAT WAY NOW, AND PEOPLE WHO SAY IT IS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO CHINA!

    1. Try to make those word merchants lying to us daily use a modified alphabet. The USA needs to develop nuclear power, burn US coal for power generation, and leave natural gas and fuel oil for heating homes, gasoline and diesel for vehicles, etc. The EPA needs to go away, L&M got kicked out for smoking, and PU got flushed. Word merchants, deal with it and work with the revised alphabet minus the letters above…and that horrible google and google reCaptcha…time to break up big tech in addition to the alphabet…

  9. Oil does so much more than move our cars these fools need to think about heating, the plastic companies, tires (even if they go on electric cars) , the shipping Industry, boats and trains. And what will power autos will need oil to power all the electricity they will require. There is so much more i haven’t thought about. This is not about the climate rather political clout.

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