A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed the lawsuit against five major oil companies in New York City on Thursday, stating that climate change and its effects are global issues that go beyond the reach of the court.
The decision is the last in a series of similar cases that reach significant obstacles. The lawsuits filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco against the same five companies, who also asked for the costs of combating climate change, were raised last month.
In January the administration of the mayor
Bill de Blasio,
a Democrat, filed the lawsuit that
Royal Dutch Shell
The government demanded billions of dollars in damages, money that was said to eliminate increasing environmental problems in the city.
Defenders defended this to blame the oil companies for the scale of global fossil fuel emissions would be impossible.
"Trying to solve a complex global political problem such as climate change through litigation is 'illogical' and would impair the powers of Congress and the US executive," said Chevron's attorney
Theodore Boutrous Jr.
In his ruling, Judge Keenan said that global warming and its solutions should be managed at the federal and international level and by policymakers. While climate change is a "harmful" phenomenon, he said that the city's claim that oil companies are "the main sources of [greenhouse gas] pollution in the world" should be discussed internationally.
"The immense and complicated problem of global warming requires a comprehensive solution that balances the global benefits of fossil fuel use with the severity of impending damage," said Judge Keenan.
A spokesman for Exxon Mobil Corp. said: "We have already addressed the risks Climate change is a serious global challenge that should be addressed by policymakers and not by courts."
Mr. The government of de Blasio wants to challenge the decision.
"The mayor believes that major polluters must be held accountable for their contribution to climate change and the damage that New York City will cause," a spokesperson said.