Jason Barbose, Western states policy manager | March 29, 2016
This legislation, authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists, help law enforcement hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their actions. Specifically, it would extend the statute of limitations of California’s Unfair Competition Law to 30 years for deceptive behavior relating to the scientific evidence of climate change.
Here are my top five reasons:
By constructing a decades-long campaign to misinform the public about the scientific realities of climate change, the fossil fuel industry crossed a moral Rubicon. By lying to the public, the industry has distorted the truth, denying the public a complete picture of the risks associated with using their products.
- Background Information on Fossil Fuel Industry Climate Science Deception (PDF)
- Background Information on Climate Change and Costly Damages in California (PDF)