ANALYSIS: Extreme weather will bring extreme costs for the province. Some opposition MPPs are trying make it possible to make polluters pay
So who pays? NDP energy and climate-action critic Peter Tabuns, along with colleagues Jessica Bell, Sandy Shaw, and Doly Begum, introduced a bill at the legislature this week that would open the door to one lucrative possibility: suing fossil-fuel companies for climate damages.
“The fossil-fuel companies are extraordinarily wealthy, and they need to pay their fair share,” says Tabuns. “As governments start to have to put out tens and hundreds of billions of dollars to deal with the damages from climate change, they’re going to be looking for sources of revenue.”