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MAP’s Statement on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. — Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement in response to the New Jersey Attorney General’s lawsuit against manufacturers over the impacts of climate change:

“New Jersey’s lawsuit does nothing to advance meaningful solutions to climate change and is a costly distraction from the important work that needs to be done. This litigation has no legal merit, which is why it has been rejected by the federal courts already—including a nearly identical case filed by New York City and a similar case where the U.S. Supreme Court broadly cautioned against this type of litigation. Courts are simply not the appropriate places to decide climate policy. They cannot take into account important aspects of America’s energy policy, including affordability for families and businesses, and energy security, which has been highlighted because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. If New Jersey wants to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, it should focus on working with manufacturers to foster the policies and innovations required to address this challenge—as the overwhelming majority of communities have done. And, the Biden Administration has made billions of dollars in funding available through federal programs to help communities like those in New Jersey deal with the impacts of climate change. It’s time to move on from this litigation side-show and focus on real solutions.”