You Read This Right: Teens Sue Government for Global Warming

A group of California teenagers is suing the federal government for endangering the survival of their generation. They hold government responsible for global warming because it hasn’t reduced national emissions of carbon dioxide. The teens filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., which is scheduled on Friday to hear motions to dismiss the case.

The juvenile plantiffs are part of an organization called Kids vs. Global Warming, founded by then 12-year-old Alec Loorz of Ventura, California. Now a high-school senior, he says the lawsuit is vital to his survival. “The government has a legal responsibility to protect the future for our children,” Loorz declared. “So we are demanding that they recognize the atmosphere as a commons that needs to be preserved, and commit to a plan to reduce emissions to a safe level.” Specifically, the youths demand an immediate cap on greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and a six-percent reduction every year starting in 2013.

Writing in The Atlantic,  Katherine Ellison explains this idea of an “atmospheric commons” comes from Oregon attorney Julia Olson and colleague Mary Christina Wood, attempting to build on the idea of the “public trust doctrine,” which dictates government action such as issuing hunting licenses to control wildlife populations. As founder of the environmental non-profit Our Children’s Trust, Olson invited Loorz and his companions to file the suit. Defendants in Alec L. et. al. vs. Lisa P. Jackson, et. al. include U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and secretaries of the interior, agriculture, commerce, energy, and defense departments. The law firm of former Republican U.S. Representative Paul McCloskey is representing the plaintiffs pro bono.

Read more at The New American. By Rebecca Terrell

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Comments

  1. This should be interesting to see the government that is promoting the EPA regulations have to admit that these kids aren't really in danger. I wonder what twist they will put on Obama's words this time.

  2. John Detwiler says:

    Unfortunately this is an example of the idiots that our Public (Government) Schools are turning out. Not only has it been proven that there is no man caused Global Warming, but we also have a overabundence of unscrupulous lawyers who will take any client, regardless of the truth of the lawsuit. We have two problems here. Ignorant teens and the afore mentioned lawyers. Thing like this calls for a Loser pay law. Come on legislators, this is a bill that should be immedately implimented.

    • AND, parents with too much dam nasty, loathesome MONEY!! If the parents were not liberal fools these stupid kids would not have the money to hire a leech lawyer!!

    • Frank D. Harrisson says:

      "Figures don't lie, only liars figure" My definition of lawyers.

  3. the fastest way to reduce co2 is to make all liberals stop breathing

    • Pineapple says:

      It is o.k. for liberals to inhale, as long as they don't exhale and "pollute" the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.

      However, if they bought carbon credits to off-set their carbon dioxide emissions, it would be permissible to
      exhale. In fact, that is what Al Gore did so he could continue emitting carbon dioxide from his many mansions, his S.U.V.s and his private jet plane.

  4. ANTICRIME says:

    This just shows how gullible our media/school brainwashed youth are today! ~ That is why they are called KIDS; they have MUCH to learn about reality and the ability to recognize a LIE when they see or hear it!
    Bottom Line: ~ A dumbed-down society is a fertile garden to sow lies!!!

    • Sad to say, all too often chronological age has nothing to do with intellectual age – kids come at all ages; some have the hope of time, for others their time is running out!

  5. Frankly, I think the so called kids are out in left filed as is with most residents of California. The US government does not now or never did own the air and space that surrounds us. Please don't solicit another mass of laws that no one can comply with. I would perfer that the EPA and other bureaucratic idiots go about allowing we the people to exist with our their interference.
    They are trying now to tell us what we can eat. I concur that there are many obese people out there, but why should you be told what you can or cannot do in your house. I also noticed that obesity is quite common in the population using goverments subsidies.

  6. ProundPatriotToo says:

    More proof, that the public communist, union, school system; is succeeding in brain washing and producing little cookie cutter Obama bots. The EPA abuse hippie freaks must be loving this. I can just hear Pelosi right now, "God love them", isn't this cute and bright, Oh! and don't forget the commit, free thinking, God love them.
    Come on folks, don't you know the parents are leftist and mom and dad gave the kids money to do this with the help of the EPA. The brain washed little puppets don't have a clue. Tools of the left. I call this child abuse.

  7. willowa says:

    These teens better go back to school and learn their history (of course I don't know what they have been taught, or not taught)! Global warming, maybe some; man caused, not likely. The earth goes through cycles, a thousand years ago the Vikings found grapes growing in Newfoundland (that would make it a lot warmer than now), 8 centuries ago the Romans grew grapes to make thier own wine in Britain, there's not much of that going on now. In the late 1800's there was a mini ice age in the northen hemisphere in particular, and obviously it's 'warmed up' since then. There is a glacier in Alaska that was melting VERY rapidly in 1915 (certainly not caused by C0 2 that long ago). Most don't sem to know enough history to be aware of these things.
    Frankly, it isn't just here, I had this same conversation on the plane with a young man (20ish) from France, and he was all about the global warming too, and completely unaware of these historical trends or cycles..

  8. I think this is a gift horse! Why is no one recognising it?
    This is something that should play out in court.
    Its about time the whole theory is challenged, either way you look at it, if the case is allowed the government
    would have to mount a defence against it or risk loosing $millions, not only that but for the first time climate change would be seriously challenged on a very large platform publicly. Our heavy guns of which there are many would actually be heard by the masses.

  9. """The atmosphere is a commons…???""" It is one thing for a kid to recognize that Global Warming is a farce but it is quite yet another thing to frame this so-called suit in the same language used by socialists and environmentalists/commies. The atmosphere provides this planet with a fail safe environment that both protects, provides and processes airborne vapors,gases and particulates to generate breathable oxygen, process CO2 into Oxygen and provide a shield from UV light rays to mention only one — The atmosphere was here long before socialists adopted their failed and flawed politics and made the world miserable with their presence. commons? That is BS! The government cannot lower or make anything safe because the government cannot even save itself — NOt from being ousted from their undeserved perch in office by a vengeful conservative voters!

  10. jmsmaxwell says:

    I wonder who is backing these mentality disturbed children? It is obvious that none of them have ever
    studyed climate pattern, meterlogy or weather patterns excep for the liberal BS spewed by those who
    have only sipped the Kool Aid of Al Gore and his lies from the liberal and eco terrorist. It will be funney
    as hell to see obama and his stooge erick holder with the DOJ rolling over to admit they have not done
    their job. This will be a political tool to use the EPA to pass and enforce even more stupid rules that will
    destroy our economy, jobs ability to provide power to our nation.

  11. True Cousins says:

    I believe that it will be eventially discovered that the more carbon dioxide , carbon, etc. removed from the atmosphere the more ultra-violet radiartion will strike the earth (ultra-violet is the bad stuff). Also the temperature difference between daytime and night becomes significantly greater. Just look at the temperature differences in desert areas and undeveloped areas of this world. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize the problem.

  12. whitetop says:

    This is what happens when your kids are forced to watch Al Gorbullings movie.

  13. Frank D. Harrisson says:

    Truly amazing and apparently they do not teach this in General Science any longer. It is called the Carbon Cycle. All things that require Oxygen whether machine or animal including man to exist will exhaust Carbon Dioxide. Where does our Oxygen come from? Trees primarily but all green plants separate the Carbon Dioxide to produce Oxygen through a process called Photosyntheses, the Suns activity on the green leaf. The Carbon factor is then absorbed into the tree sap and transmitted into the growth of the tree. We cannot have to much Carbon Dioxide. Now we do hurt ourselves by cutting down the trees to make room for our spacious subdivisions and super highways. One Acre of trees generates enough Oxygen to support a family for a day!

  14. n2woods says:

    Pet McCloskey, who represents the kids, started as a Republican but changed to a Democrat.

  15. A TOTAL defeat of this garbage lawsuit, and making "loser pays costs" law added, may shame the people involved into seeing what IDIOTS they really are. Maybe it would cause them to go back to school and get a real education in a useful subject, like computer science or geology. Who is going to foot the "kids" while they carry on this tripe and tie up the legal system which has MUCH MORE important issues to deal with. What a shame that parents permit their kids to do CRAP such as this !! Shame on them all for supporting "green hysteria", and maybe obummer will get off his "green horse", and come down to earth ?? DRILL, BABY DRILL and relieve America of its' "high fuel price"??

  16. Dick Richards says:

    Pretty good , they can't read of write when they get out of school, but they know all about golbal warming..

  17. Communist liberal democrats controlled our public system at least 60 years ago. They BRAINWASHED a young generaltions to hate our country, despise our laws & teach a FAKE EPA.
    "Hippie freaks" of 1960 are teaching in our public school systems mostly in liberal democrat states. Communist domestic terrorist Bill Aye are one of Obama "best friend" are teaching at Chicago for decades. All Obama long time best friends are communist Bill Aye, Van Jones and lots of more.
    Next year when Republican controll the WH & Congress we need to reform public schools asap.
    CANCEL: EPA, Department of Education, Energy, Commerce, Agriculture, IRS and National Labor Union Board.
    What kind of STUPID PARENT to allow their STUPID KIDS got involved in STUPID JUNK LAW SUIT?

  18. LISTEN to Trunews with Rick Wiles.
    the Ron Paul REVOLUTION has a good chance of capturing the nomination !!!!!!!!!

  19. tristie says:

    I have never read and seen so many ignorant, under educated comments in my life. Republican politicians have it nice I tell you. Most of their supporters seem to be mindless peasant, hard working Americans that listen and accept anything these High and Mighty Politicians spoon feed you to get your vote. When in the end they're like any other corrupt politician Republican or Democrat, except they care less about you.

    This guy for example: willowa · 1 week ago

    ">>These teens better go back to school and learn their history (of course I don't know what they have been >>taught, or not taught)! Global warming, maybe some; man caused, not likely. The earth goes through >>cycles, a thousand years ago the Vikings found grapes growing in Newfoundland (that would make it a >>lot warmer than now), 8 centuries ago the Romans grew grapes to make thier own wine in Britain, >>there's not much of that going on now. In the late 1800's there was a mini ice age in the northen >>hemisphere in particular, and obviously it's 'warmed up' since then. There is a glacier in Alaska that was >>melting VERY rapidly in 1915 (certainly not caused by C0 2 that long ago). Most don't sem to know >>enough history to be aware of these things.
    >>Frankly, it isn't just here, I had this same conversation on the plane with a young man (20ish) from >>France, and he was all about the global warming too, and completely unaware of these historical trends >>or cycles.." – willowa

    The steam engine was put to use in the late 1700s, plenty of time to affect things 125-150 years later. Not to mention an increase in co2 from coal from 1800 on. Industrial Revolution, baby.

    The earth does have some phases it goes through, but this mini ice age you speak of had several factors that played into it occurring, included, but not limited to Orbital Cycles of the Earth, decreased solar activity, and increased volcanic activity from several volcanoes over a span of centuries. This did not allow the climate to recover over those several centuries starting in the 1200s. This "mini" ice age began in the mid 1300s and ended in the late 1800s. This really has nothing to do with the problem at hand, Global Warming.

    Now the grapes bring up an interesting point, but there are still grapes being grown in both Newfoundland and Britain. Yes it was warmer back at the specific dates you mentioned for the Vikings and the Romans, but this was before your mini ice age brought on by what I explained about in the paragraph above. You got to remember this. The Sun burns brighter and hotter as it ages. There has always been Ice Ages every so many thousands of, but have you ever heard of a Hell on Earth age? No because there wasn't enough CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb and keep the heat in and not enough CO2 in the atmosphere would cause a cooling effect.

    These days, since near the start of the Industrial Revolution, we're pumping out more CO2 than ever before. Something not Natural to the Earth. This is keeping the planet from maintaining a balance of hot and cold. The High CO2 content continues to allow the the Earth to absorb the Sun's Energy increases as it gets older and therefor the trapped heat absorbed by the Earth will continue to heat the surface. Hence Global Warming.

    I combined what I learned in school AND did a little research so I wouldn't make myself look like willowa here, one of those mindless voters that these Politicians love so much, especially the Republicans. They know just how to push your buttons to get you do what they want.

    I think it about time for another war (Iran anyone?) so we can get rid of some of these mindless "heroes" that want to die for their country. Since this country already has enough "challenged" people within it's borders. We can't support you all just because you couldn't finish high school and couldn't get a job because of your inability to understand and learn. Even the legal and illegal Mexicans can get jobs. This is why Republicans love their supporters.

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