Environmentalists reach dizzying heights of liberal absurdity

Climate bill could trigger lawsuit avalanche

Do you “expect to suffer” from global warming? If so, get in line behind the beachfront property owners and asthmatics. For the first time those who anticipate problems will be able to sue the federal government and private businesses over greenhouse gas emissions under a little-noticed provision slipped into the House climate bill.

The narrowly crafted bill written by Democrats Henry Waxman (CA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward Markey (MA), gives citizens unusual standing to sue the U.S. government as a way to force action on curbing emissions. The scare tactics are part of a grander scheme emanating from the left to establish their agenda as mainstream.

The Waxman-Markey proposal, including the lawsuit provision, has recently been released, while the Senate is drafting its own energy bill. Waxman has set an expedited schedule for passing the bill through his committee by Memorial Day. President Obama has stated an energy overhaul bill is one of his top priorities.

The measure sets grounds for anyone “who has suffered, or reasonably expects to suffer, a harm attributable, in whole or in part,” to government inaction, to file a “citizen suit.” The term “harm” is broadly defined as “any effect of air pollution (including climate change), currently occurring or at risk of occurring.”

It would allow citizens to seek up to $75,000 in damages from the government each year, but would cap the total amount paid out each year at $1.5 million.

If you find this difficult to believe, check out the ENFORCEMENT Section 336 beginning on page 527, of the discussion draft of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 for yourself.

6 Responses to Environmentalists reach dizzying heights of liberal absurdity

  1. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Democrats are really amazing. They intend to allow people to sue on the basis of what COULD happen? The convoluted thinking that makes a Dem brain work is outside my realm of understanding, for which I am eternally grateful!!

  2. Villanova says:

    Al Gore must love this. The lefties are enthralled with the words, “Green” and “Sustainability.” In truth, their favorite green is actually the money they can make from exploiting the scientifically refuted global warming hype. SCARE TACTICS R US.

  3. Sam says:

    Thank you for providing the draft of the bill. The Dems are certifiable nutcases. This is pointed proof as if anyone had any doubts.

  4. Ajo Joe says:

    What the hay..it’s only other people’s money. When it comes to Democrat spending sprees that’s a whole lot better than their own!

  5. RA says:

    The following three books on environmentalist fascism reveal the degree of deceit and obfuscation present in the environmentalist movement –

    “The Deniers” by Lawrence Solomon
    “State of Fear” by Michael Crichton
    “Seven Inconvenient Truths (That the Left Doesn’t Want You to Know About)”

  6. Carl in LD19 says:

    We’re in a non-shooting, undeclared war. Time we start acting like it and raise hell, every day, all day. Pickup the phone every day and call an elected official. They should know you by name.

    If we don’t do this we are going to be fully exercising our 2nd amendment rights and putting them into action. We want to avoid that. Pick up the phone.
    At least that way we know we tried and our conscience is clear.