The suit was brought by landowners in Mississippi, who claim that oil and coal companies emitted greenhouse gasses that contributed to global warming that, in turn, caused a rise in sea levels, adding to Hurricane Katrina’s ferocity.
For a nice overview of the ruling, and its significance in the climate change battle, check out this blog post by J. Russell Jackson, a Skadden Arps partner who specializes in mass tort litigation. The post likens the Katrina plaintiffs’ claims, which set out a chain of causation, to the litigation equivalent of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”
The central question before the Fifth Circuit was whether the plaintiffs had standing, or whether they could demonstrate that their injuries were “fairly traceable” to the defendant’s actions. The defendants predictably assert that the link is “too attenuated.”
But the Fifth Circuit held that at this preliminary stage in the litigation, the plaintiffs had sufficiently detailed their claims to earn a day in court. (WSJ)
This is all the information you need to realize that the world has gone nuts. I'm not an attorney, but it seems there is no way to present facts to prove that global warming, which the majority of scientists do not believe even exists, directly caused the hurricane that destroyed much of the Gulf coast.
What this will do is invite untold numbers of similar suits and thus clogging our courts eve more than they already are. Now every time there is a flood, hurricane, tornado, ... will we see the courts full of folks trying to get some money out of somebody. All of this for a hoax:
The official position of the World Natural Health Organization in regards to global warming is that there is NO GLOBAL WARMING! Global warming is nothing more than just another hoax, just like Y2K and the global freezing claims in the 1960's and 70's were. Global warming is being used to generate fear and panic. Those behind this movement are using it to control people's lives and for financial gain. (WNHO)
See endless links and references to the hoax here.