Skip to comments.An Inconvenient Lawsuit: Teenagers Take Global Warming to the Courts
Posted on 05/12/2012 11:23:30 AM PDT by Twotone
Alec Loorz turns 18 at the end of this month. While finishing high school and playing Ultimate Frisbee on weekends, he's also suing the federal government in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
The Ventura, California, teen and four other juvenile plaintiffs want government officials to do more to prevent the risks of climate change -- the dangerous storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and food-supply disruptions that scientists warn will threaten their generation absent a major turnabout in global energy policy. Specifically, the students are demanding that the U.S. government start reducing national emissions of carbon dioxide by at least six percent per year beginning in 2013.
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You spread that garbage? The millions that are to be subjected to it you must understand. Are you stupid or just fucking evil?
The billions that are subjected to it. Correction.
Keep in mind that WattsUpWithThat rarely censors alternative views, and Beck himself posts in the Under the Volcano thread I linked to. I don’t think there is a strong case for fluctuations above 300 ppm before preindustrial times. But there is a case for some fluctuation based on ocean temperature fluctuation and the Keeling curve may have some exaggerated smoothness. But I don’t think it is a strong enough case to explain the current 390 ppm and rising.
But read the comment here: http://cio.eldoc.ub.rug.nl/FILES/root/2007/EnergyEnvironMeijer/2007EnergyEnvironMeijer.pdf to see some of the flaws in the Beck paper. AFAIK, Beck has not written a new paper since then.
While teenagers serve as the public face of the lawsuit, the idea itself came from Julia Olson, an attorney based in Eugene, Oregon. Olson founded an organization called Our Children's Trust after watching the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth while she was seven months pregnant. Her idea to invite kids to become plaintiffs in a suit against the government was partly inspired by her colleague Mary Christina Wood, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon. Wood has spent her career studying the public trust doctrine, most recently devising a strategy she has dubbed Atmospheric Trust Litigation to apply that theory to the climate.
From the wiki:
The public trust doctrine is the principle that certain resources are preserved for public use, and that the government is required to maintain them for the public's reasonable use.
Since we all share oxygen, the government can regulate our every breath, if taking it to the extreme as she is doing.
What they believe, guides them.
The warming inside a greenhouse is partly due to trapping the warm air (preventing convection). The rest is due to the absorption of outgoing IR by the glass, just like CO2 in the atmosphere. The glass then emits about 1/2 of that heat back into the greenhouse. The water vapor inside the greenhouse helps hold some heat too but that is mostly an increase in thermal mass. It is even better to have many gallons of water in the greenhouse for thermal mass to hold the heat through the night or cloudy days.
Mainly though they refute the idea that small increases in average temperature that come from increases in CO2 are in any way harmful. Mostly the articles there show that warming is beneficial and point out that occurrences of drought and other alleged effects of global warming are natural phenomena. That's where I stand, I acknowledge the greenhouse effect and the manmade increase in CO2 but believe it is net beneficial to plants, animals and mankind.
Tell me about our Sun.
I stipulated two bottles. One hot, one cold. Clearly.
And knows all things.
Don't all 18-year-olds think they know all there is to know? Just ask them - Actually, you don't need to ask them; they'll tell you anyway. I think it's part of the job description.
As I told my son at that point: "It's really easy to think you have all the answers. You don't even know what half the questions are yet."
It’s California. What do you expect?
Probably graduates of Commie Martyrs High School.
The ocean didn’t go from cold to hot, it rose 2 degrees C which is about a 1% rise in temperature. We expect an equally small rise in outgassing of CO2.
It has been a pleasure to disagree with you. You have maintained civility beyond mine.
You have no idea what you are talking about, do you.
Another oversimplification is looking at total solar irradiance and not the other effects of an inactive sun. For example the lack of sunspots and solar wind may allow more galactic cosmic rays to hit the earth which in turn causes more clouds which may cause cooling over the long run (that science is not settled). Another example is the lack of solar ultraviolet may allow extra blocking patterns. That certainly changes our weather (more storminess in winter for example). Again the jury is out whether that also causes global cooling.
In short the sun has a lot of effects on weather and therefore on climate which are generally not considered or oversimplified by the scientists in charge of the models. For that and other reasons I do not believe models that predict "catastrophic" warming.
My knowledge of greenhouse effect and man’s creation of CO2 is consistent with all the facts that I know about. For example the CO2 we create is fairly accurately estimated by economic statistics related to oil production and consumption. It is possible any of my underlying facts could be wrong. Also there is no certainty in science, it can all change. But I can say that, apart from some small errors which I noted, what I said in this thread is consistent with all of the facts that I am aware of.
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