California sues carmakers

car exhaustABC News is reporting that California today sued six of the world’s largest automakers over global warming on Wednesday, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit is the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles’ emissions, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said.

According to the ABC story, it comes less than a month after California lawmakers adopted the nation’s first global warming law mandating a cut in greenhouse gas emissions.

California has also targeted the auto industry with first-in-the-nation rules adopted in 2004 requiring carmakers to force cuts in tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks.

Automakers, however, have so far blocked those rules with their own legal action — prompting one analyst to say California’s lawsuit represents a way for California to pressure car manufacturers to accept the rules.

“That’s the objective,” said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, a nonprofit organization that provides public research and forecasts about the industry. “They want to get the automakers basically to bow down and pay homage to the (emissions) law.”

One response to “California sues carmakers”

  1. peter adams Avatar

    The auto makers will probably hit the states with a SLAPP suit claiming that the states are hindering their legal right to make a profit. This was done in Tasmania with the woodchip giant, Gunns, suing 17 individuals and 3 organizations for actions they felt hindered their business.