As Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau announces that Canada will impose a tax on carbon emissions starting in 2018, ex-NASA GISS director Dr. James E. Hansen and Our Children’s Trust announce they are taking the US Government to court for climate change damage. Read about the burden we are leaving our young people here and watch the video below to hear about their case.
There is precedent for their action with a successful case being brought by the Dutch people against their government where a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years.
“The state should not hide behind the argument that the solution to the global climate problem does not depend solely on Dutch efforts,” the judges’ ruling said. “Any reduction of emissions contributes to the prevention of dangerous climate change and as a developed country the Netherlands should take the lead in this.”
At the very least, the Australian people should demand that the government produce independent modelling to show how current policies will achieve our 2030 emissions reduction target. In a humiliating admission to a Senate committee, they confessed that they have done no such modelling.