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Forum Post: Native American Protests : Be informed.

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 31, 2012, 1:03 p.m. EST by gsw (3208) from Woodbridge Township, NJ
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[-] 2 points by LeoYo (5909) 5 years ago

Engulfed by Arctic Waters: Residents on the Frontline of Climate Change

Monday, 31 December 2012 00:00 By Leslie Thatcher, Truthout | Interview


[-] 2 points by gsw (3208) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 5 years ago

There's going to be many people on coast affected....I would not want home on coast. I am fortunately 400 feet up.

I was reading, according to Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion, trapped Methane gases, with 25 times more greenhouse causing polutants, is increasingly being release with Arctic Thaw.

US appeals court ruled this year that Kivalina's federal claim was "displaced" by the Clean Air Act - in other words, since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is beginning to move forward with implementing greenhouse gas regulations, any plaintiffs claiming harm from climate change must look to federal regulations like the Clean Air Act and not to the federal common law of public nuisance, for a remedy. The decision largely relied upon a 2011 Supreme Court case, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, in which states filed a federal public nuisance claim against utilities to lessen greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; the states went to the courts because the EPA under Bush/Cheney would not issue GHG regulations. By the time the court case reached the Supreme Court, however, the EPA was moving toward regulating emissions, so the Supreme Court ruled that the states' claim was displaced by federal regulations. But Kivalina is seeking damages, not abatement, and there is no mechanism within the Clean Air Act to recoup the sort of damages Kivalina is facing. Kivalina's lawyers have therefore filed for a rehearing, pointing to a 2008 Supreme Court case, Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, in which a federal common law damages claim was not displaced by the federal Clean Water Act. This could have large implications for any future cases seeking federal damages from climate change, as it may cut off one of the few routes available - federal public nuisance - for holding fossil fuels companies accountable for deliberately misleading people about climate change. Claims could still be filed under state law.

Thanks for the link to this important article. Washington Coast Natives in Neah Bay area also are being affected. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/future.html



[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Thanks for posting this. That is beautiful to see. That's the way mall food courts should look more often across the country! Solidarity.

[-] 1 points by freakzilla (-161) from Detroit, MI 5 years ago

Aren't they technically Siberian Americans?

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago