Landmark Ruling: Texas Judge Rules the Atmosphere Is a Public Trust
30 Jul, 2012
by Jay Walljasper, via AlterNet.org
“Texas judge rules atmosphere, air is a public trust”, reads the headline in the Boston Globe. A tiny breakthrough but with big potential consequences. And as we continue to suffer from one of the most extended heat waves in US history, as major crops wither and fires rage in a dozen states, we need all the tiny breakthroughs we can get.
Back in 2001, Peter Barnes, a co-founder of Working Assets (now CREDO) and one of the most creative environmentalists around, proposed the atmosphere be treated as a public trust in his pathbreaking book, Who Owns the Sky: Our Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism (Island Press).