Global warming lawsuit dismissed
Posted by ecoshift on September 18, 2007
Global warming lawsuit dismissed – Los Angeles Times
A judge denies the state’s bid for damages from carmakers.
By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 18, 2007
California’s attempt to collect billions of dollars in damages by accusing automakers of creating a global warming-related “nuisance” was dismissed Monday by a federal judge in San Francisco.
The courts aren’t set up to deal with climate change and other “political questions” with international reach, U.S. District Court Judge Martin J. Jenkins said. That task belongs to Congress and the executive branch of the government, he said.
The suit, originally filed a year ago by former Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, claimed that emissions of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases from automobile tailpipes cause environmental damage. It cited as examples melting Sierra snowpacks, prolonged droughts and dying forests.