Skip to comments.NASA Scientist (James Hansen) Helps Teens Sue Government over Climate Change
Posted on 05/09/2011 9:39:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
By failing to take action against global warming, the federal government has violated its legal obligation to protect the atmosphere as a resource that belongs to everyone, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week.
Five of the plaintiffs are teenagers, who have a "profound interest in ensuring our climate remains stable enough to ensure their right to a livable future," according to the suit filed May 4, which names a number of federal officials from Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to Robert Gates of the Defense Department as defendants.
The suit cites climate calculations, and is supported by NASA climate scientist James Hansen, who has a history of speaking out forcefully on the hazards of human-caused global warming. Hansen told LiveScience he had been interested in going to court over the topic in recent years.
The suit is based on the Public Trust Doctrine, a long-standing legal doctrine that states it is the government's duty to protect the resources that are essential for our collective survival and prosperity, such as rivers, groundwater, or in this case, atmosphere, according to Our Children's Trust, a nonprofit advocacy organization behind the litigation.
"So far politics have governed what governments are doing about the climate crisis, and the Public Trust Doctrine is about putting the science back into climate protection," said Julia Olson, director of Our Children's Trust. "And that is what we are asking courts to do."
The group is behind a number of other lawsuits filed against state governments, including Alaska and Arizona, based on the same legal reasoning and with other young plaintiffs, according to Olson.
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Better yet: Sell Congress into Slavery.
There is NO climate crisis except in the demented minds of the Gore Kool-aid drinkers.
Copy/paste the entire article into an MS Word file and do a search and replace with the words “global warming” and “climate change” being changed out in favor of “out of control government spending” and “generational theft”.
Well, you’re going to have to sue China, India, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and about two dozen active volcanos to do any good.
One massive volcano eruption puts more pollutants in the air than industry could do in 100 years.
These people are foolish fools. Nothing more than that.
Those two articles take Greenhouse Theory at face value and by the criterion set up in the theory itself finds no evidence of warming on the basis of greenhouse effect.
Those five articles each show that Greenhouse Theory has no basis in reality due to a direct conflict with the known laws of physics. No wonder the smoking gun "hotspot" can't be found.
The rate of rise in sea level over the last 100 years is almost exactly the same as the average over the last 40,000 years caused by the inter-glacial period we are in.
I was always under the impression that you cannot sue the federal government?
How is it that all these liberal kooks and environmental whackos seem to be able to get “standing” in the courts?
Very good question. I have always thought it was impossible too. If that has changed everyone whose energy bill has gone up should sue the EPA now for damages.
The government has no legal obligation to protect the atmosphere.
A lot is said in that one, brief, sentance. If, of course, you were born before 1970.
I am SO glad I am old.
“names a number of federal officials from Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to Robert Gates of the Defense Department as defendants.”
But they ain’t gon’ sue the CEO, are they?
It just ain’t Bammy’s fault, somehow... He means well, and sometimes mouths the right platitudes, it just that them damn self-serving underlings prevent him from saving the planet, over and over again. But one of these days, we will “look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the momentthis was the timewhen we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.”
Do you thunk that the courts will find that they have no standing like they did in the Obama birth certificate fiasco. I don’t think so!
Reminds me of the Scopes trial! Trying to prove a scientific theory through the courts!
You little people need to stop whining about your little problems and PAY YOUR TAXES.
We need raises. :)
While it is hardly necessary to point out these people are idiots, they are in fact doubly so.
While we can consider the atmosphere to be a natural resource (it's the air we breathe after all), climate is no such thing. It is merely a property of the atmosphere that undergoes constant changes that humanity is incapable of influencing to any meaningful degree.
This is a tactic of the Obamination administration.
Encourage goofballs to sue, then offer little or no defense so the Federal government LOSES in court, thereby using the courts to push their man-made global warming hoax.
Sue the SUN!
Solar activity drives 98% of ALL weather patterns.
Good grief, these people are so stupid!
No. Although volcanoes produce enough CO2 to undo the CO2 cuts in some cases (e.g. the iceland volcano undid Germany's "savings" while it erupted). But in general the year to year increase in CO2 in the atmosphere comes from manmade CO2.