State of California Sues Carmakers on Climate Change

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If you think Eliot Spitzer picked some tough fights as Attorney General, check out this guy Lockyer in California:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California filed a global warming lawsuit on Wednesday against Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and three other automakers, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have cost the state millions of dollars.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California was the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles’ emissions.

The lawsuit also names Chrysler Motors Corp., the U.S. arm of Germany’s DaimlerChrysler, and the North American units of Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd..

It also charges that vehicle emissions have contributed significantly to global warming and harmed the resources, infrastructure and environmental health of the most populous state in the United States.

Lockyer, a Democrat, said the complaint states that under federal and state common law the automakers have created a public nuisance by producing "millions of vehicles that collectively emit massive quantities of carbon dioxide."

  • Man, that’s just insane!

  • Matthew

    What’s insane, the zoning that allowed the development in the photo above? Agreed

  • kablooey

    i say take it a step further by also holding accountable each individual motor vehiclist who are responsible for the premature death, cancer, asthma, and heart and lung disease of non motor vehiclists.

  • Neil

    There goes the looney left again. Blame the evil corporations and take ’em to court. They know better than you and the nanny state will enforce their will through unelected judges. Welcome to the US in the 21st century.

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