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Friday, October 27, 2006

Incredible Daughter Opines

At 20, Incredible Daughter #1 has become quite the policy wonk. Here's a letter the local OCRegister weekly ran from her:

AG Lockyer and auto lawsuit

Last month, Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a nuisance lawsuit on behalf of California against six major automobile manufacturers: Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.

The press release on the lawsuit started: “their vehicles’ emissions have contributed significantly to global warming, and cost the state millions of dollars to address current and future effects.”

For those who don’t know what a nuisance lawsuit is, it is an action brought against someone for interfering with one’s use and enjoyment of property. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this state without an automobile.

Lockyer said, “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis.”

However, five out of these six manufacturers make vehicles that the Environmental Protection Agency has rated green for their lowered emissions. He also seems to forget that the California Clean Air standards are higher than the federal government, so what do the federal standards have to do with California?

Why was the lawsuit even filed? The answer to that is in the press release from Lockyer. “Today’s filing comes as Lockyer fights the auto industry’s attempt to invalidate California’s landmark global warming regulations.” So your tax dollars are going to fight a feud that Lockyer has against the automobile manufacturers for believing that the new tailpipe emission standards break federal law. Lockyer’s name will be on the ballot Nov. 7 th as a candidate for Treasurer… I, for one, don’t want a man who brings frivolous lawsuits as a way to get back at those who disagree with him in charge of my money, do you?
Parental pride moment ....