Today, six of the world's top automakers were sued by California over global warming. The first of its kind, the lawsuit is based on holding the carmakers responsible for the damages caused by their vehicle's emissions. I guess it logically follows the years of tobacco suits where we're not responsible for our part of the poisons we ingest.
California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer says he's seeking tens or hundreds of millions of dollars because of the automakers' contributions to global warming. The suit claims that California is spending millions to deal with reduced snow pack, beach erosion, ozone pollution, and the impact on endangered wildlife.
Okay, I live in California. I am concerned about the state of the environment and I'm in the process of trying to get a grip on the emissions that come from my own house with an ongoing project with my daughter Sasha. I'm dismayed that the sea lions and otters are definitely showing signs of stress from pollution. I'm also concerned about the future my children and grandchildren will inherit.
I guess I just don't understand going at the problem in this way. It seems that we continue to say, "I just can't help myself regarding my own actions--it must be your fault." I wonder what kind of car Lockyer drives, and about his ability to walk gently on the planet.
What does this have to do with network systems? Only this. What are the limits of liability of providing for technological change? Where will the next threat come from? Is it RF signals, cell phones, or splitting wavelengths that will cause the next wave of suits? I'm convinced there are better, cleaner, and more earth-friendly ways to live than the path that we follow. I just don't think that these types of suits are the answer. Let's take the money spent on litigation and put it into innovation.
What do you think?