Honolulu will become the latest city to take action against oil and gas companies for their role in perpetuating the “costs and consequences” of climate change, city officials said this week.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a press conference Tuesday that the city will file suit against companies including Chevron, Shell, BP, and ExxonMobil as rising seas and extreme weather threaten the Hawaiian islands.
“We’re struggling with providing more housing at an affordable level, and we’re going to be losing homes,” Caldwell said. “They need to pay just like Big Tobacco needed to pay.”
The county of Maui announced similar plans to sue Big Oil last month.