From R Street Institute:

Traditionally, advocates of action to address and mitigate the effects of climate change have sought to do so through legislation or regulatory action. Increasingly, however, advocates are pursuing less orthodox methods. In particular, municipalities, activist groups and even attorneys general have begun to bring suit against energy companies, seeking compensation for claimed climate damages. These lawsuits pose a wide variety of legal and policy questions.

R Street gathered a distinguished panel to present the case for and against the use of such litigation, and to examine these lawsuits in the broader context of climate policy.


Josiah Neeley, Senior Fellow, Energy, R Street Institute


David Bookbinder, Chief Counsel, Niskanen Center

Phil Goldberg, Co-chair, Public Policy Practice Group, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP; Special Counsel, Manufacturers’ Accountability Project

Ewelina Czapla, Director of Energy Policy, American Action Forum

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