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Climate Change Litigation

ACCE Webmaster on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 12:02:21 am

Climate change has quickly become one of America's most emotionally charged political issues.  Regardless of where you may fall on the global warming spectrum from true believer to ardent skeptic, one issue that most business leaders can agree on is the treat posed by climate change lawsuits.

Energy, automotive, and all sorts of manufacturing companies may soon face a wave of class action lawsuits siting nuisance and damages for their contribution to global warming.  Think tobacco on a much bigger scale.

The American Justice Partnership recently presented a seminar on this topic titled: "New Threat to Business: Class Action Global Warming Litigation.” The AJP has made video of this seminar available on-line. Speakers include Shannon Goessling, Director of Southeastern Legal Foundation and Dr. John Christy professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Goessling underscores the potential for global warming litigation in the near future and refers to a continuing education program of the American Bar Association that she describes as a “litigation primer in the area of global warming. She then turns the podium over to Alabama State Climatologist John Christy whose presentation refutes the claim that humans have impacted global temperature.

Click HERE to watch the video.

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