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Federal Judge OKs Global Warming Lawsuit
Washington Post (AP) ^ | 8/24/2005 | DAVID KRAVETS

Posted on 08/24/2005 6:39:35 PM PDT by wjersey

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge here said environmental groups and four U.S. cities can sue federal development agencies on allegations the overseas projects they financially back contribute to global warming.

The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White is the first to say that groups alleging global warming have a right to sue.

"This is the first decision in the country to say that climate change causes sufficient injury to give a plaintiff standing, to open the courthouse door," said Ronald Shems, a Vermont attorney representing Friends of the Earth.

That group, in addition to Greenpeace and the cities of Boulder, Colo., Santa Monica, Oakland and Arcata, Calif., sued Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Those government agencies provide loans and insure billions of dollars of U.S. investors' money for development projects overseas. Many of the projects are power plants that emit greenhouses gases that the groups allege cause global warming.

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KEYWORDS: energy; globalwarming; lawsuit; powerplants
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Here we go again
1 posted on 08/24/2005 6:39:36 PM PDT by wjersey
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Is there just no stopping these MORONS ?????
2 posted on 08/24/2005 6:40:50 PM PDT by xcamel (Deep Red, stuck in a "bleu" state.)
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Perhaps we should get the guvmint out of such esoteric undertakings to avoids such lawsuits in the future.


3 posted on 08/24/2005 6:42:23 PM PDT by Thebaddog (How's yer dogs?)
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Does this mean I can sue McDonalds for all the garbage thrown in my yard by bird watchers who eat at McDonalds?


4 posted on 08/24/2005 6:44:36 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Impeach Judge Greer - In memory of Terri <strike>Schiavo</strike> Schindler - www.terrisfight.org)
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So basically, a judge just opened a back door to usurp the legislature and take over environmental policy.


5 posted on 08/24/2005 6:44:44 PM PDT by Dreagon
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To: xcamel

Abusers of the legal system are also its destroyers.


6 posted on 08/24/2005 6:46:26 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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It's getting to the point where all federal judges need to take an annual IQ test to keep their bench.


7 posted on 08/24/2005 6:49:43 PM PDT by xcamel (Deep Red, stuck in a "bleu" state.)
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To: wjersey
This one really deserves this:


8 posted on 08/24/2005 6:52:52 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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There is a lot of good science that debunks this Global Warming poppycock. I hope the attorneys for the plaintiffs bring all of it out in open court.


9 posted on 08/24/2005 6:52:56 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("It's a 'dog eat dog' world out there and I'm wearing Milkbone underwear.")
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To: xcamel; Texas_Jarhead

10 posted on 08/24/2005 6:53:17 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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"This is the first decision in the country to say that climate change causes sufficient injury to give a plaintiff standing, to open the courthouse door," said Ronald Shems, a Vermont attorney representing Friends of the Earth.

What a combination, an a***ole and a moron!
The decision said no such thing!

The decision (still to be validated) is that this judge believes that they have standing to sue. I disagree.
Whether climate change can be shown to be man-made (I love the "climate change" gambit), and consequently actionable is a whole other thing.

I see a few thousand amici curiae signing on to prove the plaintiffs are fraudulent, ignorant imbeciles, with a wannabe cavedweller death wish.

11 posted on 08/24/2005 6:54:01 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Liberal level playing field: If the Islamics win we are their slaves..if we win they are our equals.)
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I'm waiting for someone who is unemployed to sue the enviro-terriorests because of loss of employment!


12 posted on 08/24/2005 6:54:18 PM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (new and improved redneck)
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To: xcamel; All

This Judge was appointed in 2002 by GDubya.

The thread with entire article I just posted got yanked for this excerpted thread.

Folks... PLease try and get sources that we can pull entire articles from, this excerpt stuff is not always necessary.

Thanks
NR


13 posted on 08/24/2005 6:54:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: wjersey

bring it on, as they say.


14 posted on 08/24/2005 6:55:04 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (see my FR page for a link to the tribute to Terri Schaivo, a short video presentation.)
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Jeffrey White is the kind of activist jughead we need to get rid of. Little Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Jeffrey thinks he's some kind of little god. What the hell does a "judge" know about science? Global warming HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN. This jughead White needs to stay on familiar ground and disregard everything that this bunch of anti-capitalist wackos tell him.


15 posted on 08/24/2005 6:57:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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Hmmmmm.....wonder if we can sue the UN for ineptness? If I were a Nigerian or Sudanese I'd be trying....


16 posted on 08/24/2005 6:58:53 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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So IF they were actually able to prove global warming and IF they were able to prove some sort of damages, who gets a share of the judgment, everyone on the planet?


17 posted on 08/24/2005 7:00:13 PM PDT by wallace144
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Junk Judges and Junk Science.


18 posted on 08/24/2005 7:02:23 PM PDT by harpo11 (Clinton's Wall of Separation--Terrorists Attacked Our Nation)
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I wanted it to rain today, but it didn't. I'm a victim! Who can I sue?


19 posted on 08/24/2005 7:03:15 PM PDT by American Quilter
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To: NormsRevenge
The thread with entire article I just posted got yanked for this excerpted thread. Folks... PLease try and get sources that we can pull entire articles from, this excerpt stuff is not always necessary.

You can't post full articles from the WP.

20 posted on 08/24/2005 7:06:27 PM PDT by WildTurkey (When will CBS Retract and Apologize?)
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