by Dr. Ed Berry
On May 4, 2011, attorneys Thomas Beers, Elizabeth Best, Randall Bishop, Amy Poehling Eddy, James Manley, and Gregory Munro, filed a “Petition for Original Jurisdiction” in the Montana Supreme Court. The Petition argued:
“Petitioners respectfully petition this Court, …, to take original jurisdiction of this proceeding and enter judgment declaring (1) that the State of Montana holds the atmosphere in trust for the present and future citizens of the state of Montana, and (2) that the State of Montana has the affirmative duty to protect and preserve the atmospheric trust, including establishing and enforcing limitations on the levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as necessary to mitigate human caused climate change.”
The goal of this Petition was to overstep the authority of the Montana legislature and have the Montana Supreme Court order Montana to significantly reduce Montana’s carbon dioxide emissions.
This, of course, would have shut down Montana’s economy as fast as an invasion by a foreign country. The Petition wrote: [Read more…]