Climate Lies in Iowa’s Supreme Court

“The claim that CO2 causes “climate change” which is the new spin on “global warming” is utterly false, but it may be argued if the Iowa Supreme Court takes the case.”

Climate Lies in Iowa’s Supreme Court

By Alan Caruba

Since the climate liars cannot make their case on the basis of the known science, taking it into a court of law with a passionate appeal to emotion in order to impose restrictions on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has long been a Green goal.

The claim that CO2 causes “climate change” which is the new spin on “global warming” is utterly false, but it may be argued if the Iowa Supreme Court takes the case.

When a similar case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the esteemed justices ruled that CO2 was a “pollutant” under the Clean Air Act and not the second most vital atmospheric gas after oxygen, the “food” for all vegetation on Earth.

The Greens have understandably concluded they can get what they want, restrictions on all energy use, in the courts of justice if not in the court of public opinion.

The defendant filing the case is a 14-year-old girl, Glori Dei Filippone. Exploiting minors is old hat to climate liars. They have filled our schools with global warming garbage for decades. The brief filed in her name is joined by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who ia asking the State Supreme Court to rule on “whether the State of Iowa has an obligation to protect the atmosphere under the Iowa Constitution and the Public Trust Doctrine.”

Federal laws have made it clear that the nation’s air and water must be protected from manmade pollution, but how does a state go about protecting the entire, ever changing atmosphere above it? Can Iowa be sued for allowing the heat wave that roasted its populace and crops? If there is so much rain a flood ensues, is it the state’s fault? Can the state stop dust from other states from blowing in?

In a news release from, the green organization behind the request for a hearing, says the case is critical to determine “whether the people of Iowa have a right to a healthy atmosphere.” This is so absurd that it defies belief.

The last time I checked the Constitution it spelled out a Bill of Rights and none of them make any reference to the atmosphere!

A spokesperson for said the case needs to be argued because “the atmosphere is imperiled and must be protected by State officials.” The Latin phrase to describe this argument is reductio ad absurdum.

The atmosphere is not “imperiled.” It is what it is and the State of Iowa, the United States of America, or all the nations of Earth can do nothing about it. Just as the temperature of the Earth is determined in large measure by the Sun and its cycles, the Earth and its atmosphere has been through many ice ages of greater or lesser intensity and length, as well as warmer periods like the one in which we presently find ourselves. It even has a name—the Holocene.

To put it another way, Mother Nature’s message to humans is frequently “Get out of the way. Here comes a flood, a blizzard, a hurricane, a tornado, or a forest fire ignited by lightning. For good measure I will throw in a volcanic eruption and an earthquake.”

Climate changes all the time and has done so for the 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence. Or just keep in mind something called “the seasons” from winter to spring, summer to autumn, and back to winter. This is not rocket science. This is funamental climate science and meteorology.

The Iowa Supreme Court should throw out the petition for this case for a very simple reason. As Hans Schreuder explains on, “Carbon dioxide is not a warming gas at all, it is a cooling gas.” Moreover, “In our open-to-space atmosphere, the excellent radiating properties of all so-called greenhouse gases serve to cool the atmosphere, never to warm it.” Schreuder is a retired analytical chemist and a co-author of “Slaying the Sky Dragon”, a collection of scientific papers that debunk global warming.

In the brief before the Iowa Supreme Court, Glori Dei Fillippone argues that “Iowa has a moral obligation to provide my generation, and future generations, with a liveable state. Climate change is the most important moral issue of our time and I hope our Court will also protect our rights.”

Well, no, climate change is not, nor ever was a moral issue and it is most certainly not the most important issue of our time. Like Paul said, “When I was a child I spoke as a child. I understood as a child. I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put aside childish things.” (1 Corinthians, 13/11)

Using the courts to require states to impose coercive laws on people and businesses using bogus “science” and where no atmospheric “health threat” can be affected by any action of the State is immoral. Using a child to advance that objective is immoral.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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13 thoughts on “Climate Lies in Iowa’s Supreme Court”

  1. morals and ethics and truth..
    3 things the climate crowd and the church of Goreites lack!
    use a kid as a front?
    of course
    rely on emotional untruths?
    because if they had to tell the truth
    it all falls over.

  2. I have often said that possibly even more than James Hansen I believe that Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) poses an existential threat to humanity at large and the US and western civilization specifically.

    This article provides a perfect example of WHY CACC is such a deadly threat.

    Not because of any actual ‘climate changes’ induced by anthropogenic CO2 of course, but because CACC is being used as justification for giving government, always Marxist, total control over every activity that produces or consumes energy (that would be ALL activity), with the apparent objective of returning us to a ‘sustainable’ hunter-gatherer style existence(Not the nomenklatura of course; they will ALWAYS ensure that they have the ‘resources’ to efficiently manage us hoi polloi.)

    When contemplating the changes now being forced on us by compliant courts, keep in mind that the people doing the suing have often declared that the maximum ‘sustainable population’ for the earth is around 500 million to 1 billion, and that they mean to see that we achieve ‘sustainability’ as soon as they can make it happen.

  3. Reductio ad absurdum indeed! Alan Caruba nails it again. This is a nuisance lawsuit if ever there was one. Is Iowa to become the first empty State?
    Because that is what they’ll have to do to eliminate all man-made influences on the climate: No more farms(there goes your food), no power plants(there goes electricity), no tractors, combines, cars, trucks, or trains (there goes all businesses!). No river traffic on the Mississippi, tear down all dams, no composting allowed(it creates co2 and methane), no cozy fireplaces in the Winter… etc, ad nauseum!

    No matter the trend of co2, the climate is constantly undergoing change, it’s called dynamics. The idea of steady state unchanging climate is some kind of utopian dream world scenario. These AGWers, or are they now ‘Human-Caused-Climate-Changers’?(HCCCers), have convinced themselves that mankind is evil, bad for the environment. They never look at mans beneficial environmental impacts. Malaria was almost comletely eliminated, but then DDT was banned because of bad science and scare propaganda appealing to emotion, not reason.
    Now malaria has made a comeback and not just in Nigeria. And a look at the above article shows the focus is on treatment as opposed to elimination of the causes. More bad science?
    Well, it all seems to fit in with the HCCCers concept of mankind as evil, doesn’t it?
    The anthropomorphism of nature(climate) is a disease of the minds of Anthropogenic Global Warmists Climate Changers. Nature by definition is amoral, only thinking rational beings posess a sense of morality.
    And that is sorely lacking in the minds of ‘Human-caused-climate-changers’.

  4. What’s “imperiled” here is NATIONAL SANITY, if the court allows such gibberish to pass as valid legal argument.

  5. Ah yes! Smell the legal fees! The class action suits where the rich get richer and the poor pay for it before they die from hypothermia. What an endlessly self serving system US courts have become. Must be nice to have to have no intelligence, no dignity, no ethics, no morality, and no compassion and still get a great job – sitting in judgment of others with your cute little robe on.

  6. Hmm? The commies were good at re-educating the children. They knew they couldn’t mold the minds of adults.

    The word that comes to mind regarding the climate liars is “hubris.” Extreme pride or arrogance and a loss of contact with reality.

    So, who would the young girl child wish to sue should one really big volcano (or two) went off and really messed up the atmosphere … God or Mother Nature?

    And yeah, let’s get CO2 down to as small a part of our atmosphere as possible. Let’s starve the plants. That’ll be really good for our atmosphere. Fewer plants, less oxygen, fewer humans to mess up the atmosphere.

  7. I think what’s important here is the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision declaring that CO2 was a pollutant (as opposed to an essential trace gas and plant fertilizer). This will make it easy for the Iowa Supreme Court to follow suit and continue to propagate this horrific charade. Unfortunately, all of these hacks masquerading as judges who simply want to gain political favor will continue to make these logic-defying rulings until the socialist Obama regime gets overthrown — either by popular vote in November or by impeachment once the Democrats lose control of the Senate. Pretty sad state of affairs . . .

  8. C02 is NOT a climatedriver, they can´t get that simple FACT through their hollow skulls. But money can make people believe in whatever!

  9. I saw a flock of Canadian geese in Templeton, Massachusetts. They were apparently heading south for the winter. Kind of early, since this is only the middle of August. Somebody told me that they saw grackles heading south. Gee, what could be coming this winter? Maybe the ice age and the end of global warming. After reading an article like this, I HOPE THAT THE ICE AGE IS STARTING NOW AND GOODBYE TO LIBERALISM1

    • Wow, that is exciting!! I’m also hoping for a cooling trend down here in south east Texas… Like I said before, “I’m so very tired of these wimpy winters we’ve been having down here!!

  10. Just like cowardly soldiers afraid to engage in battle they hide behind their children so do goroites who refuse to engage in fair debates they hide behind children who have endured brain washing and bombarded with scare tactics. CO2 is plant food just ask plants nurseries why they pump in large amounts of CO2. Because the plants grow faster and stronger and the average gardener depends on them!

  11. And what is CO2?
    High CO2 levels where I ask? If I use any gas detector measuring CO2 it always shows the same!!
    Whatever humans do on earth the oxygen percentage stays exactly the same and does not move one decimal. Isn’t that wonderful created?
    But believe you me, “they” know there is a mini iceage coming and the goal is to reduce the world’s population. Millions think and believe its getting warmer and they have to fight the heat and then….boom age!!

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