Thursday, September 21, 2006

Eat Your Heart Out, Eliot Spitzer!

In "California v. General Motors, 06-05755", U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, California has decided to sue automakers in this country for harming their state. The basis of the suit is that domestic car companies make a product that contributes to global warming and has harmed the health of Californians, while costing the state billions of dollars to combat pollution and erosion. If this isn't the most ridiculous waste of money a state government has exhibited, I don't know what is.

The suit is the latest attempt by California to push business and the federal government to acknowledge and address global warming.They've legislated lower to force utilities to cut emissions, recently and also sued the federal government to for failing to address carbon dioxide emissions. This suit against all domestic carmakers is the latest stunt.

While an admittedly minority opinion among the world's scientists, many of them do not believe that global warming is being caused by human activity at all. Those that believe glbal warming is part of a cyclical shift in temperatures further believe that if global warming is occurring as a result of human behavior, there is nothing that could be done now to stop it. Even if we all returned to the horse and buggy days here, in the US, China and India would continue to increase greenhouse gas emmissions to fuel the effect. This is mainly why a Kyoto treaty is non-workable. It fails to address third world countries and their emissions.

So, if cars cause global warming and contribute to a "public nuisiance", as this suit alleges, why not ban them, California? While you're at it, ban cattle-raising for it's carbon dioxide emmissions? Breathing should be addressed, too. Cars don't cause pollution, driving them does. Arnold, are you listening?


camojack said...

Only in America.

Kajun said...

Automotive paint has been found by the State of California to cause cancer in auto paint next on their list of banned substances? This would allow the cars to rust prematuraly, thereby ridding California of these evil machines.

David W. Kralik said...

The National Association of Manufacturers has a funny take on this issue:

Beerme said...

Keep your seatbelt on fellas, it's gonna be a slippery slope from here. Just heard today that New York City is planning to ban transfatty acids from restaurants, there. The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar
cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food service establishments from
using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly
listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil...


MargeinMI said...

Rats, you beat me to the NY transfat story. I guess Micky D's is done for.

Beerme said...

Sorry to steal your thunder Marge!
It is a scary development for someone worried about the nanny state, though, isn't it?

Princess said...

This is great!