As one climate lawsuit gets thrown out of court in New York, another one takes its place in Baltimore.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced the lawsuit Friday in joining about a dozen other cities and states in suing fossil fuel firms for their role in causing global warming.
"The East Coast’s 5th largest city today joined a growing number of communities that are trying to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for knowingly contributing to what one of the industry’s own experts described as the 'potentially catastrophic' consequences of climate change," the mayor's office said in a statement.
The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Baltimore, targets many of the energy firms that dot the landscape around Charm City. Most notably, Consol Energy's coal export terminal, the only one like it on the East Coast, that handles much of the U.S. coal industry's shipments abroad.
The lawsuit also targets oil giants BP, Marathon, Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Citgo, and many others.
The lawsuit was filed about 24 hours after a court in New York rejected a similar lawsuit in New York filed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.