Below is a link to a CNBC article about a Dutch Court holding that Shell must cut carbon emissions by 45% to be in line with the Paris Agreement. Shell is appealing the decision; however, the decision does raise a lot of issues and questions for United States businesses, entities, and people internationally, and for United States businesses, entities and people in the United States, not the least of which might be the following two multiple issues and questions:
- To what extent might a court of another country have authority to order and compel a United States business, entity or person to reduce its carbon or any other emissions to be in line with the Paris Agreement or to be in line with any other climate agreement or standard?
- To what extent might a United States court, United States regulatory agency, state court, state regulatory agency, or other entity or person in the United States have authority to order and compel a United States business, entity or person to reduce its carbon or any other emissions to be in line with the Paris Agreement or to be in line with any other climate agreement or standard?
The article indicates a possible wave of litigation, which would not surprise me. See the link to the article below.
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