Controversy has followed Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s decision earlier this fall to sue the six largest automakers, alleging that car emissions constitute a public nuisance because they contribute to global warming. Some even have dismissed the lawsuit as election year grandstanding. To the contrary, the Attorney General should be applauded for creatively using a venerable legal tool to protect California’s environment and to plug a gaping hole left by federal failures in this area.
Rechtschaffen, Clifford and Hecht, Sean B., "Law and Public Policy Support Lockyer's Suit Against Auto Manufacturers for CO2 Emissions" (2006). Publications. Paper 44.