People affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue the oil and power companies they blame for global warming, a leading climate expert has said.
By comparing the weather now with that which would be extant if the industrial revolution had never happened they say that they can tell you whether a particular flood, drought, heatwave, was caused by climate change or not.
Hmm. One point: the oil companies don\’t in fact have very large carbon footprints. It\’s their customers (ie, you and me) that do, so that would be where the legal liability, if any, lay.
There\’s also the point that Mr. Sen\’s water buffalo that he uses to plough his rice paddy contributes (as does the rice paddy) so we should be suing him as well.
It just ain\’t gonna work, is it?