Hold Your Breath! Park Your Car!

By September 21, 2006Global Warming

John Merchant, chairman of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, adds facts and figures to our suggestion that all respirating Californians be on guard against Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who has sued auto companies for damages from global warming.

Californians each emit about 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2 — a greenhouse gas) every day just by breathing. If you multiply 2.5 pounds of CO2 per day by 36 million Californians by 365 days, that’s more than 16 million tons of CO2 just from breathing. Talk about a public nuisance … and don’t even get me started on the methane people produce.

This lawsuit is a public nuisance. Activist attorneys general who abuse our legal system and impose a system of “government by lawsuit” to gain publicity and further their own political agenda do so at the expense of the people they are paid to represent. Inevitably the costs of litigation in cases like this will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. Just what we all need.

Over at the Reason blog, Hit and Run, Brian Doherty detects other culprits.

Obviously, incredibly complicated questions of causation and blame are involved here (which, we can confidently predict, may or may not be handled with exquisite precision and justice as this lawsuit proceeds and the amount of cash involved, as Lockyer predicts, grows) but an early step along the path ought to be answering the question…who is driving the cars? As a California driver, I’m pretty sure it isn’t any of the automakers currently being sued. In fact, I have a strong suspicion that the problems that Lockyer insists California taxpayers should not be paying for may — in some cases — be caused by California taxpayer themselves.

Lawsuits for everyone!

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