Sep 25, 2007

Climate lawsuits alive and kicking

Greg Barns was unnecessarily pessimistic about the prospects for “climate litigation” last week. Here’s why, writes Phil Freeman.

I reckon Greg Barns made an unnecessarily pessimistic assessment of “climate litigation” prospects in Crikey last week. Here’s why.

First, although US manufacturers of “gas guzzlers” were let off the hook by a Federal Court judge this week, California’s Attorney-General is already considering an appeal. This could go all the way to the US Supreme Court – which earlier this year made a favourable judgement that carbon dioxide is a “pollutant” that should be regulated.

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