Kvatch Kvetches - For Once It's Not the Automakers' Fault
Here's the deal, Granola-land is suing Big Auto, alleging that because cars pollute, contribute to global warming etcetera--and in doing so harm the economy, the public health, and the state's environment--the state is entitled to damages under Federal and State common law. In fact the MSM has gone so far as to compare this suit to the pioneering multi-state suit against the Tobacco manufacturers. There's only one problem...this is all a bunch of HORSE SH*T!
First off Big Tobacco didn't just lie to the public about the risks of smoking. They produced fake research to support their position, deceptively marketed their products to minors, and engaged in a multi-decade campaign to mislead the public and government about their product.
There is no such deception on the part of Big Auto. Even if it weren't basic common sense that buying a bigger, lower gas mileage, higher emissions auto contributes to global warming, then the EPA would be there to tell you exactly what-the-f*ck you're doing. Those measurements are online. They're on the god-damned sticker that they put on the frickin' windshield. The decision to pollute more is entirely in the hands of John Q. Public. You can buy a SUV...or not. The Prius is there if you want it. You can own a car...or not. Public transit is there if you want to take it. Mileage and emissions stats are there for you to read...or not.
If AG Lockyer wants to sue someone, he should sue California's 40,000,000 drivers. Damn! I sound like some kind of Libertarian. Don't worry... It won't last.
I agree, if the car-buying public was interested in buying high mileage low emission cars and weren't able to because they weren't being offered, that'd be another story. But why not go at the core cause of the pollution, the petroleumm industry?
We go a little off the rails from time to time but I'd rather live here than in Kansas or Florida.
...and PT...nope, bet you don't get a dime.
BTW, Kvatch, I finally got around to adding you to my blogroll.
Why sue automakers that are capable of producing cars (AND DO) that run on synthetic fuels that are sugar based instead of OIL.
Check out Brazil. They are energy independent because of sugar cane, and AMERICAN car companies that build highly efficient HYBRID vehicles.
We have the technology not to pollute, but our government and the oil lobby don't have the desire! Start there CA.
also, how about not allowing any big gas guzzling cars into california??
geeze, it's just some lawyer trying to make aname for himself...sigh
oh, that's one thing they could outlaw that would save big money - lawyers!!
That's just what I was thinking, station agent. But I agree...the only way I see this lawsuit as having merit would be if there was proof that Big Oil and Big Auto are/were in collusion.
And BTW, I reciprocated for your blog over here.
Pam, I think that there probably is collusion going on, but it'll be a bitch to prove, and even if there was evidence out there, Big Auto will just fire back with "...but the EPA monitors us up the wazoo!"
It's possible that the car industry had no influence on the US bailing from the Kyoto treaty. But I doubt it.
However, that doesn't mean they did anything wrong, as you point out. The difference with the tobacco case is that Big Tobacco knew the score, and hid it. It will be hard to prove that the car manufacturers were convinced of global warming and the human contribution to it before it became generally accepted.
So I agree with you that the lawsuit is probably frivolous, unless they have some evidence I haven't hear off.
I certainly agree that anyone buying a more fuel-consuming car than they need and can afford, is acting irresponsibly, as is everyone using airconditioning when it's not absolutely essential, and everyone living in a place where airconditioning is absolutely essential.
I'm expecting this suit to get dispatched quickly.