This is nothing more than a political stunt, driven by Bill de Blasio’s delusion, er, hope, that he can run for POTUS on the Dem ticket in 2020.
And speaking of stunts: When de Blasio was confronted by the fact that he takes a gas-guzzling SUV from Manhattan to his old gym in Brooklyn, instead of going to a gym several blocks from the Manhattan mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion, he responded that cutting out the daily SUV trips would be nothing more than “cheap symbolism.”
A week after a brutal snowstorm froze New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a one-two punch Wednesday in the name of climate change, announcing he will seek billions in damages from five major oil-and-gas companies while moving to divest from fossil fuels.
“It’s time for them to start paying for the damage they have done,” Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference at the Manhattan Youth Center. “It’s time for Big Oil to take responsibility for the devastation they have wrought.”
The two-front attack was promptly pilloried by industry groups as a cynical political stunt, even as it put New York City at the forefront of the environmental movement’s campaign to recruit local governments as allies in the climate change fight….
Mr. de Blasio also announced that the city has filed a lawsuit against five top energy producers, blaming the companies for greenhouse-gas emissions that he said have produced disasters such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“I remember those days after Sandy in the Lower East Side. I remember how desperate it was. I remember how much fear and confusion there was,” said Mr. de Blasio. “And this was a tragedy that was wrought by the actions of the fossil-fuel companies. Let’s be clear: That’s where it came from.”….
Maybe New Jersey should sue Big Oil for the devastating Hurricane of 1821.