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Katrina & Climate: Case Dismissed?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJune 3, 2010 1:59 AM


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That's the clever headline for this NYT Green post, which recalls an interesting piece of litigation:

Back in 2005, a group of landowners on the gulf coast filed a federal lawsuit against energy and chemical companies, arguing that they were directly responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbated the effects of Hurricane Katrina. It named more than 30 companies, including oil giants like Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil.

Read the entire post to follow the intriguing turn of events that led to the case being dismissed. What interests me more is this effort to blame oil companies for climate change. That's like someone with heart disease who lived off of Big Macs suing McDonald's. In contrast, here's Andy Revkin over at Dot Earth, assigning responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, but he might as well be talking about man-made climate change, as well:

The oil disaster doesn't belong to BP, or to President Obama or his predecessor; we all own it.

In his post, Andy takes stock of his "ownership." More of us should do the same, but as I suggest in the comments over there, the menu of options should include the urban lifestyle, which is infinitely more sustainable than suburban sprawl and the car culture that so many Americans are now hostage to.

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