Ummm… The article kind of says that since climate change is well-known science, and that we know from leaked documents that internally, Exxon and others knew climate science from decades ago, no surprises were expected. There were two links that I think were supposed to be links to case documents that didn't work. I found the following table… My reading of the documents submitted to the case says “SURPRISE!”. So, you will find those pdf documents listed in the table at this link.
Climate science doubters have also gotten involved. On Friday, Willie Soon, an astrophysicist affiliated with the Heartland Institute, filed a brief in Alsup’s court stating that “there is no consensus” that recent global warming is caused largely by human activity, a claim contradicted by reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Such amicus briefs may be of little help to the oil companies, given that the Heartland Institute is one of the groups that Exxon allegedly funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars to spread doubts about the prevailing science. That funding is one focus of the ongoing lawsuit.
Stories get wilder and wilder. On the one hand, change continues to accelerate and surprise. On the other hand, plans to save the planet continue to develop.
The case centers on a Sierra Club lawsuit that alleged, among other things, that regulators failed to study greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of natural gas delivered by Sabal Trail and the broader Southeast Market Pipelines Project, which cuts across Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
The D.C. Circuit sided with the environmental group in an August 2017 decision that ordered FERC to analyze the issue. In the meantime, the ruling said, underlying project permits would be vacated
Montana Federal Court Denied Motions to Dismiss Challenges to Keystone XL Pipeline on Climate grounds The plaintiffs alleged, among other claims, that the defendants failed to adequately disclose climate impacts and failed to consider alternatives that would obviate the need for more crude oil.