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Watch out cows.Quit farting or you're next in court.Mooooooove to have the suit dismissed.And what are you termites looking so smug about? Arnie's gonna terminate you.

From BBC News 21/9/06
State sues car firms on climate

The state of California is suing six carmakers for costs associated with their cars' greenhouse gas emissions.

The suit names General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler and Nissan.

California is asking for "monetary compensation" for the damage which it says their emissions are doing to health, economy and environment.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), a pan-industry body, called it a "nuisance" suit and suggested it may be dismissed.

"Right now, global warming is harming California," runs the state's complaint.

"Human-induced global warming has, among other things, reduced California's snow pack (a vital source of fresh water), caused an earlier melting of the snow pack, raised sea levels along California's coastline, increased ozone pollution in urban areas, [and] increased the threat of wildfires."

State lawyers want any judgement for damages to be ongoing, so that manufacturers will be liable every year.

Guto Hari, the BBC's North American business correspondent, notes that California has taken an aggressive stance on global warming, passing legislation to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

'Time to answer'

The lawsuit, lodged on behalf of the Californian people by state attorney-general Bill Lockyer, alleges that emissions from cars made by the firms in question account for 30% of all carbon dioxide emissions in California.

"" It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis "

Bill Lockyer
state attorney-general

The complaint alleges that the firms' activities have harmed the state's environmental health, with California having to spend million of dollars responding to environmental threats such as coastal erosion.

Mr Lockyer said he had not put a figure of the level of damages he was seeking but that it was likely to run into "hundreds of millions of dollars".

"Global warming is causing significant harm to California's environment, economy, agriculture and public health," he added.

"The impacts are already costing millions of dollars and the price tag is increasing. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis."

'Most significant'

This is the latest in a series of legal and quasi-legal cases in the US aimed at forcing reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

An Inuit group is taking the federal government to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights

Conservation groups are trying to force the government to protect coral and polar bears from the effects of global warming

There are ongoing attempts to force the Environmental Protection Agency to define CO2 as a pollutant and regulate emissions
Roda Verheyen of Climate Justice, an international organisation which co-ordinates legal climate cases, said California's suit took action to a new level.

"It is the most significant piece of climate change litigation that has ever been brought," she said.

Car manufacturers have their own case against California pending over laws requiring them to reduce emissions.

The AAM said in a statement: "Automakers will need time to review this legal complaint [by California], however, a similar nuisance suit that was brought by attorneys-general against utilities was dismissed by a federal court in New York."
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I was sickened when I read that in the paper. What a waste of time, overburdened courts and taxpayer dollars. Even though the bite will be on Californians -- me included -- I hope the case is dismissed and that the carmakers are awarded their attorneys' fees due to the frivolous nature of the lawsuit. Lockyear should be run out on a rail for the waste (ideally I'd like to see the attorneys' fee award be against him personally... )

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I am suing Applebee's, Houllihans, Mortons, Ruth Chris, and every other Restaurant for raising my Cholesterol. It's all their fault. They made me eat there and it's time they took responsibility for that.


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I am suing Applebee's, Houllihans, Mortons, Ruth Chris, and every other Restaurant for raising my Cholesterol. It's all their fault. They made me eat there and it's time they took responsibility for that.
Sadly this type of litigation is making its way through our justice system. The suit was against McD. Intially thrown out of court:

an amended complaint was filed that sucessfully reinstated it:
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