Kids Can Now Sue Government For Climate Negligence

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>>A FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROCEED, IT HAS TO DO WITH THE LACK OF ACTION IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS A GROUP REPRESENTING THE NEXT GENERATION. IT IS OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST, AND JUDGE THOMAS KAUFMAN RULED THAT IT CAN PROCEED. IT COULD BE STRUCK DOWN IN THE FUTURE BUT IT HAS PASSED A MAJOR HURDLE. FILED IN AUGUST — >>IT IS FRAMED IN THE SAME WAY THAT A LOT OF INITIAL CASES AGAINST THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY WERE FRAMED, THEY KNOW THIS INFORMATION IS OUT THERE, THEY KNOW THE DAMAGE BEING DONE, BUT THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. >> NOW, WHY DO THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN SUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THIS? IS AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S JOB TO REGULATE CARBON EMISSIONS TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE? >> IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY WAS IT STOPPED, OR ATTEMPTED TO BE STOPPED, AT THIS LEVEL? THAT IS BECAUSE THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE — >> THANKFULLY AT THIS POINT THEY WERE NOT SUCCESSFUL. >>ARE THOSE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES REALLY SAD THAT WE DON'T WANT THEM TO DESTROY THE ECONOMY — NOT THE ECONOMY, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND IT MIGHT HURT THEIR BUSINESS? THE END OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION MIGHT HURT THEIR BUSINESS.

>>THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THAT. >>YOU JUST SWITCH FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO BODY BAGS, YOU STILL MAKE ENOUGH MONEY. >>YOU JUST RETOOL. >>IT IS CALLED CAPITALISM, YOU FIND A MARKET AND YOU FILL IT. >>THEN YOU FIND HOLES AND YOU FILL THEM BY THE BODIES OF PEOPLE KILLED BY CLIMATE CHANGE. >>WHEN WE PULLED OUT OF IRAQ WE CREATED A VOID INVOICE WILL BE FILLED. >>THAT IS TRUE. THIS IS AN INTERESTING IDEA. IN A DEMOCRACY IT IS DIFFICULT, YOU HAVE TO LIMIT THE VOTE IN SOME WAY, YOU CANNOT HAVE ONE-YEAR-OLDS VOTING, BECAUSE THEN THEIR PARENTS WILL BE VOTING FOR THEM. SO YOU HAVE 16 AND 17-YEAR-OLDS WHO HAVE NO SAY IN POLITICS IN TERMS OF VOTING, BUT THEY CAN ALREADY SEE, BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO ACCEPT THE TRUTH OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAN A 60-YEAR-OLD REPUBLICAN SENATOR, BECAUSE A 16-YEAR-OLD IS NOT BEING PAID BY LOBBYISTS FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, BUT THEY KNOW THAT THEIR ENVIRONMENT IS BEING RUINED, THAT THEIR PLANET IS BEING DESTROYED. THEY CAN SEE THAT NOT ONLY IS IT GOING TO LEAD TO MORE EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, NOT ONLY WILL IT CUT INTO OUR ABILITY TO FEED OURSELVES, TO PRODUCE ENOUGH CROPS, IT WILL LEAD TO WAR, CIVIL WAR IN MANY REGIONS OF THE WORLD.

RESOURCE WARS AS WATER BECOMES MORE RARE AND THINGS OF THAT SORT. THERE WERE EVEN MORE DOOMSDAY PRODUCTIONS THAN THAT, BUT WE CAN SEE THE STUFF HAPPENING. AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SAY, EH — IT IS LIKE TOBACCO, WE WILL GO A COUPLE OF DECADES UNTIL WE PASSED THE POINT OF MY RETURN. >>MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE HAVE REACHED THE POINT OF NO RETURN, WHICH IS WHY SCIENTISTS ARE FOCUSED ON MITIGATING THE IMPACT OF THE DAMAGE WE ARE DOING. THE DAMAGE WE HAVE NOT EVEN FELT YET, BECAUSE IT IS DELAYED, WE WILL START FEELING THE IMPACT OF THE POLLUTION WE HAVE PUT OUT THERE MAYBE A DECADE FROM NOW. BUT THE QUESTION IS, DOES THE UNITED STATES BECOME A LEADER IN TRYING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? DOES THE UNITED STATES CARE ABOUT ITS PEOPLE, ABOUT THE WORLD POPULATION? DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BEING THIS SUPERPOWER THAT IT IS SO BOASTFUL ABOUT? WE ARE NOT A SUPERPOWER IF WE ALLOW CORPORATIONS TO DICTATE OUR EVERY MOVE, AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES DICTATE OUR EVERY MOVE, THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS PLANET IS GOING TO BE STABLE, ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING, A CENTURY FROM NOW.

EVEN LESS THAN THAT. YOU LOOK AT THE REPORTS OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO SOUTH FLORIDA, IT IS DEVASTATING. TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA REALIZE THIS? PROBABLY NOT, BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS NOT COVERING IT. IT IS DEPRESSING AND I LOVE THAT YOU HAVE THESE YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING FIRED UP ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM, AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND WHILE THIS IS HAPPENING, THE SAME MEDIA OUTLETS THAT REFUSE TO COVER STORIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE WILL THEN TURN AROUND AND POINT TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING BERNIE, FOR INSTANCE, AND THEY WILL TELL THEM, THEY ARE UNEDUCATED. THE MILLENNIALS, THEY ARE UNEDUCATED. THEY ARE MORE EDUCATED THAN YOU, THEY GREW UP IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET, THEY HAVE MORE RESOURCES AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION THEN YOU HAD WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER.

SO TO CALL THEM STUPID OR UNINFORMED IS RIDICULOUS. HOW MANY ADULTS DO YOU SEE FIGHTING AS AGGRESSIVELY AS THIS GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE? >> IF YOU WANT TO SEE — JUST YOUR POINT ABOUT HOW BERNIE SANDERS ARE MORE INFORMED, JUST WATCH ANY CNN INTERVIEW WITH THE BERNIE SUPPORTER, THEY ALWAYS KICK THE CNN INTERVIEWER'S ASS. >>I THINK THAT TRUMP SUPPORTER IS REAL SMART. >>SHE KEEPS GETTING PUNCHED IN THE FACE. >>SHE KEEPS TAKING IT. BUT NOT LITERALLY, BUT HERE'S THE THING, OF COURSE SHE WILL KEEP DOING IT. OF COURSE SHE WILL KEEP SHOWING UP ON CNN. THE FACT THAT CNN KEEPS GIVING HER A PLATFORM TO SPEAK ON IS UNCONSCIONABLE. I WOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO GIVE THAT WOMAN A PLATFORM TO SPEAK ON, SHE IS A MORON. >>TO CLOSE ON THIS ONE, I HAVE MADE THE ANALOGY TO THE TOBACCO CASE BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME SIMILARITIES. DELIBERATELY UP YOU SKATING THE EVIDENCE, AND ALL OF THAT. BUT THERE ARE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES.

FOR THE MOST PART, PEOPLE WHO SMOKED WERE THE ONES WHO WERE DAMAGED BY THEIR SMOKING. THERE WAS SECONDHAND SMOKE, AND YOU CAN CERTAINLY SAY A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE LIED TO ABOUT THE HEALTH IMPACTS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE, IF A REPUBLICAN SENATOR DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS TRUE, HE DOESN'T JUST GET LUNG CANCER, WE ALL SUFFER. AND THAT IS WHY THIS SORT OF LAWSUIT MAKES SENSE. AT SOME POINT THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP US FROM DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM, BECAUSE IT IS NOT JUST THEM. AND THEY GET PAID, THEY KEEP THEIR CHAIR, THEIR OFFICE, BECAUSE OF THE LIES THEY ARE WILLING TO TELL, BUT IT DOES DAMAGE NOT JUST TO US BUT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. SO IT IS A GOOD THING THIS IS GOING FORWARD..

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