Judge Dismisses Kivalina Global Warming Suit

Here’s a notable ruling that deserves widespread attention (and praise), U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong dismissing a wild federal public nuisance suit from an Alaskan native village, Kivalina, that blamed oil, power and coal companies for causing global warming that produced coastal erosion. The Northern District of California federal judge said the plaintiffs lacked standing and the issues should be left to the political process for resolution.

Here’s the order granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss. The case is Native Village of Kivalina et al. v. Exxonmobil Corporation et al.

We applaud a judge who recognizes the limits of the federal judicial system to answer every issue and redistribute wealth according to a political calculation.

More at Point of Law.

UPDATE: The Massachusetts lawyer, Matthew F. Pawa, who represented the Eskimo plaintiffs has background legal documents available at his website.

And, how is this ruling going to affect the production schedule? It was a brief flirtation with stardom.

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