Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Judge Makes News With REASONABLE Ruling

From the New York Times, of all places:

The courts do not have the authority or the expertise to decide injury lawsuits concerning global warming, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled yesterday in dismissing a suit brought by the State of California against six car companies...

In the case decided yesterday, California claimed that the six car companies produced vehicles that accounted for more than 20 percent of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and more than 30 percent of those in California.

The suit claimed that the emissions were a public nuisance and sought billions of dollars in damages.

Judge Jenkins wrote that a resolving of the questions presented in the suit was not a proper task for the courts...

Given national and international debate on the issues, Judge Jenkins wrote, “the court finds that injecting itself into the global warming thicket at this juncture would require an initial policy determination of the type reserved for the political branches of government.”

It's sad when I have to give so much credit to a judge for being reasonable, but that's our judiciary today.


Don, American Idle said...

But, watch out. It may be appealed to the Ninth Circus. (I'm still upset by Bidwell Junior High School, as evidenced by today's blog.)

KauaiMark said...

Looks like a different judge might have to rule on this one: