Court Throws out Global Warming Lawsuit Against California Automakers

Published October 1, 2007

Regarding “Global Warming, Tailpipes And Where to Tackle Them” (Sept. 18), it is refreshing to see a federal court shut down efforts by environmentally extremist bureaucrats to circumvent the democratic process. Too often, when activists lose their arguments in the court of public opinion, they turn to their trial lawyer allies to do their dirty work for them. Fortunately, the federal court saw through such a ruse.

,p>The lawsuit against automobile manufacturers regarding greenhouse gas emissions was particularly ill-conceived. Citizens desire to drive automobiles, citizens should have the right to purchase and drive automobiles, and people who step up to meet these citizen demands should not be hauled into court by environmental extremists for the asserted evil of meeting these citizen demands.

I wonder how former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who filed the lawsuit, transported himself to work and to personal destinations. Does he not own a car, or was this another case of unashamed environmental hypocrisy?

James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute.