Saturday, April 11, 2009

You Could Be a Global Warming Victim....

In yet another attempt to expand the list of victims from outside the norm sources, the Feds are now teaming up with the Greens to allow folks to press lawsuits against the federal government-yes, that our taxes at risk-if they see themselves as "victims" of Global Warming. So I guess if I get a really bad sunburn, or if my housepaint peels off or if my eyes water on an especially hot day, I can file. But here's a twist I just thought of, what if I claim to be a victim of Global Warming because the price of gas with added taxes makes it impossible for me to work? I think we should all aim for that type of claim....

"...Self-proclaimed victims of global warming or those who "expect to suffer" from it - from beachfront property owners to asthmatics - for the first time would be able to sue the federal government or private businesses over greenhouse gas emissions under a little-noticed provision slipped into the House climate bill.

Environmentalists say the measure was narrowly crafted to give citizens the unusual standing to sue the U.S. government as a way to force action on curbing emissions. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sees a new cottage industry for lawyers.

"You could be spawning lawsuits at almost any place [climate-change modeling] computers place at harm's risk," said Bill Kovacs, energy lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The bill was written by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat. Both lawmakers declined repeated requests for comment..."

PS. Doesn't it make you a teenzie bit suspicious when the writers of a bill refuse to discuss it? What other surprises will we find? And will we find that some of Waxman's California celebrity supporters are first in line for assistance?

Full article HERE

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