Take a deep breath-it may be your last legal one.
The main beneficiary of Big Tobacco settlements, the trial lawyering industry , has chosen its next strategic defendant. The best chance a new generation of anti-smoking lawers has of making partner is to take billion dollar bite out of fire.
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Surgeon Attorney General of The United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts is suing the EPA to toe the United Nations Environmental Program line and declare carbon dioxide a pollutant. Al Gore and American Association for the Advancement of Science ex-president Peter Raven have already begun exhaling vast amounts of the dread greenhouse gas as they declare there is no debate over climate policy. A posse of Green eminentoes given to substituting authority for evidence on TV are in training for new and highly lucrative careers as expert witnesses Witness the first rate legal coaching that has gone into their opening attack- denouncing their opponents for sounding like lawyers.
This bodes ill for the atmospheric sciences, which rarely advance by having climatologists take time off to be coached to answer loaded questions yes or no. Not that anyone at the Attorney General's office reads the scientific literature or cares all that much about what we do and do not understand about the dynamic complexity of the interaction of the Earth's air and oceans . The dumbing down of interdisciplinary science for Public Television is aready enough to scandalize Judge Judy , so why shouldn't future episodes of Boston Law follow in PBS footsteps as it dishes out Pablumized environmental science to pre-schoolers in the Never Never Land of Teletubbies and It's A Big Big World?
Taking science to court may make matters worse. PBS at least aims for the center of the demographic bell curve, but lawyers have to please a jury pool whose ruling demographic is a bottom half with two digit IQ's. So stay tuned for another dim dishonest decade of reruns, as adding legal baggage to higher definition Public Broadcasting delivers ever dumber, darker Green TV
Maybe they should just make Alan Alda President of the American Bar Associaton and let the PBS board write a directed verdict.