Greenpeace Threatens to Sue Firms for Misinformation on Climate Change

29 05 2014
Energy firms warned over communication about climate change

Strategy modelled after campaign against tobacco companies

The Canadian Press Posted: May 28, 2014 3:06 PM ET Last Updated: May 28, 2014 3:06 PM ET

Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have sent letters to five Canadian companies: Suncor, Talisman Energy, Husky Energy, EnCana  and Canadian Natural Resources; and to 30 other energy companies and 45 insurance companies around the world.

Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have sent letters to five Canadian companies: Suncor, Talisman Energy, Husky Energy, EnCana and Canadian Natural Resources; and to 30 other energy companies and 45 insurance companies around the world. (Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press)

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Environmental groups have fired legal warning shots at major energy companies over their alleged role in funding climate change denial and blocking climate-friendly legislation.

Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have sent letters to international and Canadian companies asking how they manage public communication on climate change.

They say spreading misinformation could leave company officers open to legal liability.

Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada says the letters are the first step in a long-term campaign to use the law to prevent the energy industry from delaying action on climate change.

He says the strategy was inspired by the ultimately successful campaign to make tobacco companies liable for sowing doubt about the health effects of their products.

The letter has been sent to five Canadian companies: Suncor (TSX:SU), Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), EnCana (TSX:ECA) and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ). It has also been sent to 30 other energy companies and 45 insurance companies around the world.

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