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E&E News: Boulder sues oil companies over damages due to warming

The city of Boulder and two Colorado counties today sued Suncor Energy Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp., joining a growing list of cities suing oil and gas companies for damages associated with climate change.

The lawsuit alleges that the companies are responsible for altering Colorado’s climate by releasing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and that they “concealed and misrepresented” the dangers of fossil fuel use from the public.

The companies’ actions have caused harm to residents and the state’s high-altitude ecosystems, according to the lawsuit. Climate change, the suit says, has affected local economies, roads and bridges, parks, buildings, agriculture and the state’s ski industry.

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