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Baltimore’s Lawsuit Against Energy Companies Belongs in Federal Court, Supreme Court Hears

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Baltimore’s Lawsuit Against Energy Companies Belongs in Federal Court, Supreme Court Hears

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A novel climate-change lawsuit that Baltimore, Maryland, brought in state court against energy producers seeking damages for the supposed effects of global warming, should be heard in federal court, the outgoing Trump administration urged the Supreme Court. The hearing came as the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden prepares to  reverse President Donald Trump’s pro-energy independence policies when it assumes power Jan. 20. Media reports indicate Biden will have the United States rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change in which nearly 200 countries pledged to reduce emissions claimed to contribute to global warming. Biden is also expected to revoke the permit for the 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day as president, a move experts say will eliminate thousands of jobs. Relying on the disputed theory of manmade global warming, in 2018 Baltimore sued an array of companies that produce so-called fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—claiming they …

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