Filed under: Legislation and PolicyOne of the first stories I wrote when I started here last year was about the lawsuit filed by then California Attorney General Bill Lockyer against six automakers. As I approach the end of my first year, that story has drawn to a close. Lockyer had filed a public nuisance lawsuit claiming that greenhouse gas emissions were damaging California.
In San Francisco U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins has dismissed the case on the grounds that it could not be determined to what extent global warming damage was the fault of automakers. In his ruling 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,"
The merits of the case were always dubious and now it looks like California will have to continue pursuing changes through the legislative process.
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