Why the verdict in Montana’s climate change lawsuit is complete bullshit

One more for the climate hysteria!

A Montana district court led by Judge Kathy Seeley has ruled in favor of a group of green zoomers, backed by fear-mongering law firm Our Children’s Trust, who sued the state for its regulatory policy of not using CO2 emissions as a standard when approving new fossil fuel projects.

In other words, the domestic energy war continues, and the judges are now intervening in the lawsuit.

Look: Curbing American energy production by imposing unattainable emissions standards is a recipe for disaster.

It will do nothing to slow down warming as the world’s biggest polluters (like China) remain completely unaffected.

It will cause massive economic damage to the average American by driving up energy prices.

President Biden’s federal war on manufacturing is proof of that: Energy prices have skyrocketed under him, and his crackdown on fossil fuels is a major contributor.

Aside from the practical considerations here, it is also preposterous for a judge to accept a state’s constitutional right to protection from the warming that results from global carbon emissions.

Montana state attorneys are seen before a hearing in the Held vs. Montana climate change lawsuit at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse in Helena, Mont on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.  In the widely publicized climate trial, young plaintiffs say rising temperatures are damaging their health and threatening their future.  (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
Attorneys for the state of Montana will attend a hearing in the Held v. Montana at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse in Helena, Montana.

Yes, carbon emissions contribute to warming.

But warming is a slow-motion risk when carbon is currently powering everything in the modern economy: cooling, clean water, agriculture.

Nobody needs to be protected from emissions.

However, they will need plenty of protection as the green crazies succeed in their decarbonization plans and all the goods and services we count on are gradually destroyed.

The Montana Attorney General rightly called the verdict a “taxpayer-funded publicity stunt” — and planned to appeal.

In fact, the judge herself is a bona fide believer and appears to cite the unrealistic claim that Montana could have 80% renewable energy in seven years as a factor in her ruling.

Fortunately, the decision is a minor government decision, limited in scope and almost certain to be reversed.

Certainly, Montana’s Republican-dominated legislature is unlikely to join Seeley’s crusade.

This is the first Our Children’s Trust case ever to go to trial.

It should also be the last.


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing dustinjones@ustimetoday.com.

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