Saturday, July 21, 2018

U.S. Loses Bid to End Children's Climate Change Lawsuit

U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit.

Youth Climate Change Lawsuit - Youth plaintiffs, attorneys, and supporters gather on the steps of the federal courthouse after a hearing in the Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit at the federal courthouse in Eugene on Wednesday. (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Trump administration’s renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say the U.S. government is ignoring the perils of climate change.

By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government fell short of the “high bar” needed to dismiss the Oregon case, originally brought in 2015 against the administration of President Barack Obama.

Twenty-one children and young adults, ages 11 to 22, accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process rights by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment, but doing nothing about it.

The government contended that letting the case proceed would be too burdensome, unconstitutionally pit the courts against the executive branch, and require improper “agency decision-making” by forcing officials to answer questions about climate change.

But the appeals court said the issues raised “are better addressed through the ordinary course of litigation.”

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 29 in the federal court in Eugene, Oregon.

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