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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

California Sues Automakers Re: Global Warming

"SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a global warming lawsuit on Wednesday against Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and three other automakers, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have cost the state millions of dollars.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California was the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles' emissions."

If Detroit is found to have old functional and still current patents for items that produce substantially higher efficiency power than petroleum, there may be some serious $100-billion to $trillion level lawsuits on our hands. As well as from automobiles dating back to the 1950's and 1960's, depending on when the patents were acquired if it constitutes a "trust", or merely from the 1970's or 1980's or so, depending on smogging and health effects of post-combustate.

Car exhaust is smoke to entire urban regions. Los Angeles has a severe problem with smog, to the point that the view of the hills are obscured by particulate matter. These stagnated technologies also delay development of industry-level power sources and power plant consumption and pollution levels.

It may also be found that automakers refused a public transit system in order to sell more cars. This is frankly a kind of trust among auto companies, or possibly within a single auto company if their market share is great enough.

Which raises an important point. Can an automaker or a company become a trust by itself, if it is large enough? Can a company of a certain size depending on the market automatically be a trust, regardless of their economic activity, based on the laws of capitalism and standard industry business model? [this may be interpreted as a grand Biblical-level example of the rich puking on the poor, paraphrased from Revelations.]

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