December 9, 2013

Climate Change This Week: ‘Constitutional Right’

Some say a good climate is in the Constitution.

Retired NASA climate alarmist James Hansen recently wrote an op-ed on the climate, and, as one might expect, his “insights” are profound. Specifically, he combines climate alarmism with shoddy constitutional scholarship when he writes in support of a lawsuit filed by young people against the federal government claiming “a constitutional right to a safe climate.” They allege that they’re being deprived of their right to a planet that supports life and want the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to rule accordingly.

Hansen says, “It is correctly a legal argument, but it relates to a fundamental moral question.” He claims that we “know without a doubt” that humans have caused global warming. “More than simply listing calamitous threats,” he then laughably asserts, “we wanted to jump-start the discussion of how the world can take significant action. Now.”

Of course, Hansen and his ilk never propose anything but heavy-handed government intervention and regulation – punitive measures that hamstring the economy and achieve no measurable goal when it comes to the hoax of man-made climate change. We hope the lawsuit gets laughed out of court before these naive young people get the economy they deserve but the rest of us want to avoid.

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