…First Seize the Language

Snowflake ‘Rights’

A group of youngsters [21 young plaintiffs and Dr. James Hansen] just won a major decision in their efforts to sue the federal government over climate change.

…Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust*. The group and its allies have filed lawsuits and petitions in every state in the country.

…the complaint alleges that the U.S. government has known for half a century that greenhouse gases from fossil fuels cause global warming and climate change.

Coupla things… since 1966 — 20 years after WWII, during the Cold War.

When we were all “worried” about the Next Ice Age coming. …and Kleptofornia falling into the sea.

the Fedz have known” — how does a .gov — being simply a group of Other People, people who are now no longer working in the .gov, many of whom are no longer alive — “know” anything? Whence comes the expectation for them to “know” something that The People do not “know”?

Might it be the magykal thinking of children [and childlike minds] that the .gov is not of The People but The Other. Not just The Other but The Benevolent Parent whose job it is to take care of us all. As opposed to what is was invented to be; the tool The People utilize to run this country.

It’s a particularly silly accusation since those years saw the biggest clean-up of air pollutants [anyone else remember LA in the 70’s?], oil production coal production and use, and every other “dirty” use of fossil fuels [and other things], etc in History.

An Oregon judge ruled Friday that their lawsuit, which alleges the government violated the constitutional rights of the next generation by allowing the pollution that has caused climate change, can go forward.

…“If the allegations in the complaint are to be believed, the failure to regulate the emissions has resulted in a danger of constitutional proportions to the public health,” Coffin wrote. He called the lawsuit “unprecedented.”

“unprecedented.” — You can say that again…

“This will be the trial of the century [not OJ, then?] that will determine if we have a right to a livable future, or if corporate power will continue to deny our rights for the sake of their own wealth,” 19-year-old lead plaintiff Kelsey Juliana said in a statement following the ruling.

a right to a livable future — Clearly their idea of “rights” is that they are only passed down from The Other / Other People / .gov; Natural Rights being unthinkable.

if corporate power will continue to deny our rights for the sake of their own wealth — Having No Idea that that same “corporate power” that provided cheap energy was responsible for the wealthiest period Humanity has ever experienced.

But who could expect a 19-year-old lead plaintiff to comprehend that?

Teh Chiiiildren: Our Future

9 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (Choose Cruz or Lose)
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 9:23 am |

    I’m thumbing through my copy of the Constitution… I can’t seem to find any mention of the Right to Have the Government Ban Fossil Fuels Retroactive to Fifty Years Ago.

    Must’ve missed it. I’ll keep looking.

  2. jlw
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 9:29 am |

    “Kelsey Juliana was 15 when she, and 11-year-old Olivia Chernaik, filed a lawsuit against the governor of their state of Oregon, claiming that the state government had “violated their duties” to protect the water, land and atmosphere. The first judge said his court didn’t have jurisdiction to resolve the issue, but the Oregon Court of Appeals found merit in the case and told the lower court to try again.”

    our court system at work

  3. OldFert
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 9:55 am |

    I’m soooo glad we have these jobs programs for lawyers.

  4. Joe T
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm |

    Wait a minute. Hillary said that unborn babies have no rights. This says the future generations can sue. Can you have it both ways? Can we find out before the election. Curious.

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm |

    We all know that in the practice of their climate religion, they are pawns in the government/academia climate conspiracy money and power grab.
    My statement is as factual as theirs in the “We all know” game.
    Fight fire with fire.

    A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with a twenty-something about to get her master’s degree and asked her about her thesis. She went on about how fossil fuels are “unfair” environmentally to the workers in the industry and the people who live near the extraction points. When I pointed out that some people traveled to those areas because there were jobs created in those industries, she shifted to how those people were sickened by the poisons spewed into the environment by those industries. She cited the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill as a great disaster caused by the greedy oil companies. I noted that the last time I looked at that, drilling regs were not enforced by the responsible govt agency and Uhbama intentionally waited weeks to respond, exacerbating the problem, in order to enhance his anti-fossil energy policy.
    She blew right by that and went back to the poisons spewing. I asked “What, for instance? Name one or two. She rose out of her seat, eyes bulging, chin jutted out and almost yelled “Haven’t you ever heard of C. O. 2.??!!”
    I told her that I didn’t buy that and that without CO2 we all die, so what is the correct level? Then the fireworks really started.
    She also told me cats kill more birds than wind turbines (when there are as many turbines as there are cats, we’ll see about that), and that we’ll figure out how to deal with no wind/no sun days. We couldn’t talk about the environmental disasters around mining sites in China where they extract lead, lithium and other heavy metals for the batteries needed to cope with that.
    That’s the first time I’ve run up on an intelligent apostle of Gaia, and I do believe if she had the power, she’d arrest non-believers like me.

  6. Fat Baxter
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm |

    “…their lawsuit, which alleges the government violated the constitutional rights of the next generation…”

    So, we can’t “violate the constitutional rights of the next generation,” but it’s OK if we shift a couple trillion in tax burdens their way as a matter of government policy?

  7. Paul Moore
    Posted April 12, 2016 at 8:23 am |

    If I were the lawyer for the defense, I would remind the court that the burden of proof lies with the plaintiffs, then lay out a list of the allegations they will need to prove.
    Of course, big Guv would never do that. More likely they will simply use our $ to settle out of court.

  8. Posted April 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm |

    ^5: excellent.You nailed it.

  9. mojo
    Posted April 13, 2016 at 7:47 am |

    Did you kids get that in writing, or are we depending on emanations and penumbras again?