Red States Say Calif. Climate Decisions Could Cause 'Chaos'

By Clark Mindock (May 25, 2022, 5:22 PM EDT) -- Several Republican-led states want the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision to remand California suits against Exxon, Chevron and others over climate change damages, arguing the outcome in the Golden State could set national standards that merit consideration beyond state court.

The block of states led by Indiana and including Texas, Alaska, Montana and others on Tuesday urged an en banc rehearing of the April decision that sent several suits filed by California counties and local governments against the oil companies back to state court despite complaints that the cases raise issues of federal concern.

The states reiterated that position — essentially that...

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