Oil Companies Dispute Climate Lawsuit Claims

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NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the oil companies being sued by New York City over claims they contributed to global warming are disputing the allegation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will be seeking billions in the lawsuit to recoup money spent by the city for resiliency efforts related to climate change.

The defendants in the city’s federal lawsuit are BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell.

ExxonMobil spokesman Scott Silvestri says the company has made good faith attempts to address climate change. He says lawsuits don’t accomplish that goal. Shell’s spokesman echoed that sentiment.

The other companies either did not comment or did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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