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Are Courts The Best Place To Fight Climate Change?

It's a good way to protect the planet

This is overreach by interest groups

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Suing companies, cities and countries that cause danger to people with their pollution is a legitimate way of fighting climate change, assert Hodges, Leatherby and Mehrotraand of Bloomberg. Court litigation is so effective because it creates heavy fines that even large companies fear. Often this is done in the form of holding certain entities accountable for failing to reach emission targets that they agreed to. Big oil companies have been accused of hiding how much fossil fuels are accelerating climate change. Such action has resulted in climate laws being followed more strictly and contributed towards making the planet cleaner.

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Protecting the environment is important, but it shouldn't be happening through court litigation, believes George Brauchler of Legal News Line. It should be up to governments to decide on how to formulate climate policy. There has been a surge of cities suing big companies for global levels of damage, which isn’t productive. It results in higher energy costs for the average American while pursuing an agenda that only some want. The law should not be driven by entities and their lawyers but elected officials. They can protect the environment in ways that are synonymous with economic growth and allowing businesses to thrive in the US.

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