How a Texas abortion law could spur N.Y. climate lawsuits

Read the full story at ClimateWire.

A Texas law that allows private citizens to sue abortion providers has paved the way for legislation in New York that would empower state residents to sue the fossil fuel industry for the ravages of climate change.

The New York bill was introduced by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie, a Democrat who opposes the Texas anti-abortion law.

But Myrie contends that if the legal theory behind the Texas law has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court’s “super-conservative majority,” it can also be wielded to give private individuals the opportunity to target oil and gas companies for spewing greenhouse gases that have forced communities to contend with rising seas and natural disasters fueled by climate change.

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