Judicial sanity

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on September 19, 2007

A federal judge in San Francisco of all places has tossed out state Attorney General Jerry "Space Command" Brown's lawsuit (originially filed by his predecessor) that sought to sue auto manufacturers for global warming.

But District Judge Martin Jenkins in San Francisco handed California Attorney General Jerry Brown's environmental crusade a stinging rebuke when he ruled that it impossible to determine to what extent automakers are responsible for global-warming damages in California. Many culprits, including other industries and even natural sources, are responsible for emitting carbon dioxide.

"The court is left without guidance in determining what is an unreasonable contribution to the sum of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere, or in determining who should bear the costs associated with global climate change that admittedly result from multiple sources around the globe," Jenkins write.

Brown will probably appeal, wasting more precious tax dollars, and he might just have a chance with the Ninth Circuit -- the most overturned appeals court, by far, in the nation.

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Actually, no serious person is sure what the conservative majority will do here. That's common in these politically charged cases. Meanwhile, literally nobody doubts what the *Democrat-appointed* justices will do. So who is "deeply partisan" again? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/01/supreme-court-abortion-argument-roe-dead/

Doing some research and checked out @TheDispatchFC front page. It turns out the answer to every single one of these is "No." But one doesn't have that simple explanation on the main page. Why?

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