Monday, April 13, 2009

Sue If You Expect to Suffer

Obama’s push to save the environment includes a provision in a current House bill that gives individual citizens standing so they can sue the federal government or private businesses if they have “suffered, or reasonably expect to suffer, a harm attributable, in whole or in part," to inaction regarding green house gas emissions. "Perhaps a more accurate title of the bill would be 'The Lawyer Full-Employment and As-Seen-on-TV Global Warming Act of 2009,' " said Larry Neal, deputy Republican staff director for the House committee. Read more at the Washington Times.

I'm not sure which is more frightening: giving trial lawyers new reasons to sue or even more useless environmental regulation. On the other hand, I would welcome the chance to sue the clowns who force everyone to use low flow toilets that hardly flush two squares of toilet paper down at a time or the ones who demand the use florescent bulbs that require a haz-mat team for clean-up.

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