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NEWS RELEASE · 25th November 2011
Alex DeMarban - AlaskaDispatch
Alex DeMarban Nov 25, 2011

The battle between some of the world's most powerful energy companies and an Alaska village that's losing ground to climate change heads to federal appeals court on Monday.

Nine Kivalina residents, having survived the recent mega-storm that walloped western Alaska, will be at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to watch their lawyers argue that Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, ConocoPhillips and other corporate Goliaths owe the village at least $95 million in damages.

A key Kivalina argument charges that the energy companies are engaged in a conspiracy to cover up the link between their emissions and the earth's warming temperatures. A similar argument proved pivotal decades ago in helping smokers prevail in court against tobacco giants.

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