US Federal Judge Martin Jenkins dealt a blow to global warming activists in tossing out a lawsuit against 6 automakers, accusing them of contributing to global warming. The suit was brought by California's attorney general, seeking damages to offset monies spent by the state to deal with issues arising from global warming.
In his decision to grant the motion filed by the automakers to dismiss the lawsuit, Jenkins said the courts are not equipped to decide the complex issue of global warming.
"The Court finds that injecting itself into the global warming thicket at this juncture would require an initial policy determination of the type reserved for the political branches of government"
The suit named six automakers, claiming that vehicles produced by these six companies contributed 30 percent of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions in California.
The automakers named in the suit were Ford Motor Company, Daimler-Chrysler, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota and Honda.
California's Deputy Attorney General Ken Alex, is deciding whether to appeal the ruling.