New high recorded in frivolous environmental litigationby Hugh Holub on May. 16, 2011, under climate change, environment water and energy, global warming, litigious environmental groups, politics, WildEarth Guardians
Will from time-to-time be bringing you news from other areas about the environmental war being waged arcoss the West.
From the Santa Fe New Mexican May 9, 2011:
Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican
WildEarth Guardians and and a 16-year-old outdoor enthusiast are suing Gov. Susana Martinez, claiming she has failed to protect New Mexico from climate change.
The complaint for declaratory action, filed last week in state District Court in Santa Fe, is part of a nationwide effort by the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust.
Relying on the legal principle known as the Public Trust Doctrine, the local lawsuit accuses the new Republican governor of betraying “the atmospheric trust.”
“Martinez is not using the best available science to manage and protect the atmospheric trust for present and future generations of New Mexicans,” the complaint says. “Instead, she is making decisions that adversely impact the atmospheric trust based exclusively on economic considerations.”
Gubernatorial spokesman Scott Darnell declined to comment on the lawsuit, other than to say Martinez “is committed to balancing economic growth, energy production and job creation with the high priority she places on the protection of New Mexico’s environment.”
WildEarth Guardians, a Santa Fe-based environmental group formerly known as Forest Guardians, is joined in the local lawsuit by Akilah Sanders-Reed of Sandia Park. Additional teenagers and parents are named as plaintiffs in lawsuits filed in other states.
Doubtless similar lawsuits will be filed against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and anyone else in the West who does not bow down to the radical environmental agenda for America.