Advocacy Group Pays Conference Fees for Mayor to Promote Energy Lawsuits

Posted on June 17, 2019 12:40 pm

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An environmental advocacy group is paying the registration fees for Santa Cruz mayor Martine Watkins (D.) to attend the United States Conference of Mayors Summit in Hawaii later this month, where Watkins will speak in favor of governments suing large energy producers over climate change.

Santa Cruz is one of many California municipal governments that have filed nuisance complaints against companies such as Exxon, BP, and Chevron asking courts to order the creation of “abatement funds” to pay for past and future damages resulting from climate change.

Watkins told the Washington Free Beacon by email last week that the nonprofit