Surprise: Judge In Climate (scam) Lawsuit Linked Plaintiff’s Lawyers

No, no, this is totally not a scam

Top State Judge Handling Climate Lawsuit Worked With Environmental Group Tied To Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

The Chief Justice of Hawaii’s Supreme Court, who is hearing Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies for climate damages, has worked with a D.C-based environmental group that has close ties to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

Honolulu’s lawsuit against Sunoco, Shell, Chevron and other companies is one of many lawsuits cities have filed against energy companies in an effort to extract alleged damages for the firms’ contributions to climate change; the Supreme Court declined to hear these lawsuits in April, pushing them back to state courts—meaning Honolulu’s case is now squarely before Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. However, on May 9, Recktenwald disclosed that he engages in “educational presentations relating to environmental, energy, and natural resource issues” and has worked with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a group which routinely collaborates with environmental activists.

ELI co-founded the Climate Judiciary Project, which developed a climate science and law curriculum for judges handling environment litigation, and has worked closely with individuals who have consulted for or been employed by the environmental activist legal firm representing Honolulu in its lawsuit, Sher Edling LLP.

“Judges are supposed to not only be impartial, but to maintain the appearance of impartiality so that the public can have faith in their rulings,” Rob Schilling, Executive Director of Energy Policy Advocates, a nonprofit that works for transparency in energy policy, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It appears that the judge may have attended (or even presented at!) seminars organized for those on one side of this type of case. Those on the other side were not permitted to present their view, and the seminar took place outside of the courtroom and outside the protections provided by the rules of evidence.”

The article continues getting deeper and deeper, with other Hawaii judges involved, and none of them seem to have any intent to recuse themselves. But, you know what? I want them to rule against the energy companies, so that the companies say “good riddance” to Hawaii. Let’s see the state be able to operate without fossil fuels. How will that work for all the autos, airplanes, helicopters, and boats? How will all the goods come to Hawaii? Will tourists want to have to bike everywhere, and live with minimal power? Hawaii produces very little in the way of food other than fish for mass consumption. Hawaii will quickly become a 3rd world nation without fossil fuels and tourists will say “nope. I’m not spending all that money to visit.”

But, every experiment needs an experimental group, right?

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3 Responses to “Surprise: Judge In Climate (scam) Lawsuit Linked Plaintiff’s Lawyers”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    It makes sense that a place like Hawaii would have an abundance of liberal people on their courts and those people would support liberal agendas. That’s likely more of a feature than a bug. Liberal judges pattern their behavior on the motto: By any means necessary. Only conservative judges feel compelled to stick with what the law actually says.

    • david7134 says:

      Hawaii has been total socialist from day one. Rabid. The Hawaiians hate other Americans especially the military stationed there. It is so bad that Hawaii is considered a place for hazard pay.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    No conflict of interest there.
    Mahalo MFers.

    Bwaha! Lolgf

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