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MAP Statement on Multnomah County, Oregon Climate Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. – Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement in response to the County of Multnomah, Oregon filing a lawsuit against manufacturers over the impacts of climate change.

“We share Multnomah County’s drive to tackle the challenge of climate change, but this litigation is not the type of action that is going to lead to meaningful solutions. The challenge of our time is developing technologies and public policies so that the world can produce and use energy in ways that are affordable for people and sustainable for the planet. It should not be figuring out how to creatively plead lawsuits that seek to monetize climate change and provide no solutions. If these communities want to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, they should focus on working with manufacturers to foster the policies and innovations required to address this challenge.”