Honolulu to sue fossil fuel companies over ‘costs’ of climate change, citing weather-related disasters

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Facebook
(Video screenshot)

The Democrat mayor of Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu, announced on Tuesday that he plans to spend time and resources trying to force fossil fuel companies to pay for the damage allegedly caused by so-called climate change.

“We have sent to the Honolulu City Council for their approval a resolution to file a lawsuit against big oil companies that have contributed a lot to our climate crisis,” soft-spoken, high-pitched Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced from a press conference live-streamed on Facebook late Tuesday afternoon.

As evidence of his apparently scientific claim that fossil fuel companies have “contributed a lot” to the alleged climate crisis, the mayor added, “The ocean is speaking about that crisis as we talk.”

Watch some of the presser below to see if you can hear the ocean speaking …

(Source: Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Facebook)

For about 25 minutes afterward, Caldwell and his equally soft-spoken — and arguably soy-boyish comrades — claimed that big oil companies have known about the unproven theory of man-made climate change for decades but refused to take action.

“They knew and then they covered it up by putting out disinformation so that action would not be taken,” the mayor said. “For 50 years, they knew this. Much like tobacco, they said nothing until lawsuits started to be filed and we started to change that industry.”

“They had studies done, they had evidence that what they were doing in terms of producing oil and emitting carbons up into the atmosphere, that they would affect this climate dramatically and raise the level of the sea,” he added.

Many, if not all, of these ideologically driven studies have been debunked and invalided by actual scientists.

“It’s only fair that the fossil fuel companies be required to pay for costs and damages that they caused to the environment and the billions of dollars that it would take for us to protect our infrastructure from the effects and the negative impacts of climate change,” Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor added during the presser.

The plan by Caldwell specifically calls for forcing the big oil companies to hand them “$15 billion to protect and relocate roads across the state and recover $13 billion in property losses from sea level rise in Oahu,” according to local station KITV.

Josh Stanbro, Honolulu’s chief resilience officer, went so far as to suggest that the big oil companies are responsible for every weather-related event that’s occurred in recent times.

“California is on fire, the Bahamas were nearly wiped off the map, and Houston has been hit by three 500-year floods in the past three years,” he said.

California is on fire because of forest mismanagement. The Bahamas were nearly wiped out because of a Category 5 hurricane not too dissimilar from the 1932 Bahamas hurricane that occurred nearly a century before the left began trotting out climate change doomsday theories. And Houston was hit by devastating floods not too dissimilar from the 1960 Texas tropical storm that again occurred long before the onset of Climate Derangement Syndrome.

Though from last year, the video below offers more information about the situation in California:

(Source: Fox Business Network)

“It is devastating to find out that big oil knew these impacts would occur as far back as the 1960s, and yet they chose to undermine the science and sow confusion instead of becoming responsible corporate citizens,” Stanbro continued. “This lawsuit won’t stop climate change from happening, but it will help pay for the protection and preparation of our citizens as climate disasters continue to come our way.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists, an alarmist group that regularly publishes debunked studies and climate change propaganda, was quick to celebrate Honolulu’s decision.

“At a time when the Trump administration is rapidly retreating from its responsibility to cut climate emissions and ramp up mitigation and adaptation efforts, state and local governments are stepping in to fill the leadership vacuum,” Peter Frumhoff, the union’s director of science and policy, said in a statement.

“Communities across the country are rightly calling on fossil fuel companies to end their campaigns of climate science denial and delay and help pay the costs of worsening storm surges, extreme rainfall, wildfires and other extreme weather damages,” he added.

He was correct about numerous left-wing cities filing their own lawsuits. Included among them is Washington’s King County, the home of Seattle, which is currently beset with a drug epidemic, a homelessness epidemic and more.

Much like Seattle, Honolulu has its own fair share of problems that some might argue are of more pertinence than so-called climate change, including internal corruption:


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