It looks like the famous case between Walter Wagner and the US government has been dismissed once again, after Wagner appealed a previous court decision. Wagner has spent a good amount of time trying to shut down the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) because he believes it will destroy humanity. These apocalyptic theories about the LHC are nothing new, but Wagner is certainly one of its most active opponents.
I wonder what Mr. Wagner thinks the US can do to shut off an international operation located in Europe (headquartered in Geneva). I’m sure Obama can just go over there and press the power button on the LHC, because the US can do whatever it wants, right?
The court ruling states:
To establish standing, Wagner must demonstrate (1) an “injury in fact,” (2) “a causal connection between the injury and the conduct complained of” that is not attributable to “the independent action of some third party not before the court,” and (3) a likelihood that a favorable decision will redress the injury. Wagner cannot demonstrate that he has standing. At most, Wagner has alleged that experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (the “Collider”) have “potential adverse consequences.” Speculative fear of future harm does not constitute an injury in fact sufficient to confer standing.
By the way, the Daily Show did a segment on this situation in April 2009. They had a lot of fun at Mr. Wagner’s expense, and I had a lot of fun watching it.