Supreme Court declines to hear Alaska climate change case

WASHINGTON Mon May 20, 2013 10:11am EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an Alaskan village's claim that it should be able to sue oil companies and utilities for damages attributed to climate change.

Lawyers for the village of Kivalina wanted various named defendants responsible for greenhouse emissions, including Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Duke Energy Corp, to pay damages for greater flooding and erosion that they say have caused by a reduction in sea ice.

The court's refusal to take the case means an appeals court ruling in favor of the defendants remains intact.

The appeals court said that Kivalina could not pursue its lawsuit under federal common law because the Clean Air Act and Obama administration regulations aimed at cutting emissions displaced such claims.

That decision was prompted in large part by a 2011 Supreme Court decision, American Electric Power v. Connecticut, in which the court held unanimously that similar claims were displaced.

Kivalina, an Inupiat native community of about 400 people, sits on the end of a six-mile barrier island on the northwest coast of Alaska.

The case is Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil Corp, et al, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-1072.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Grant McCool)

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woohooman wrote:

May 20, 2013 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
woohooman wrote: is one of dozens of companies that engage in creating and manipulating weather. Could weather manipulation be causing this extreme weather?

On a larger scale – The US Government has admittedly operated a weather control program since the late 1950′s. It is a weapon of war.

The Pentagon spends more money on this program than all other countries combined (China, Russia, Israel, Saudia Arabia, etc)

Could the US Government be causing this extreme weather? How dare anyone ask that question!

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