A federal judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit by the state of California against the six largest automakers. The suit claimed the companies were liable for contributing to global warming. The judge said it would be inappropriate for the court to wade into what he called the “global warming thicket.”
He said the implications of climate change on interstate commerce and foreign policy should be left to the political branches of government. The lawsuit was the first that sought to hold manufacturers liable for alleged global warming damages caused by greenhouse gas emissions.