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New York mayor wants to bring on 'death knell' of oil industry

Bill de Blasio, New York's mayor, has launched a lawsuit against five energy companies for their contribution to climate change and wants to bring on the 'death knell' of the oil industry.

Bill de Blasio, New York's Mayor. | Photo: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times, pool via AP

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city sued five energy companies this month, including Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell claiming damage to the city from climate change, told Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: “Let’s help bring the death knell to this industry that’s done so much harm.”

De Blasio appeared on “The Bernie Sanders Show” podcast Thursday, comparing oil companies to the tobacco industry and claiming they “systematically poisoned the Earth, knew about it, covered it up, explained it away, tried to hook people more and more on their product,” according to a transcript posted on the mayor’s website.

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