Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says

By NPR. A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed.

“I want to trust that we are truly on track for trial without having further delays,” Kelsey Juliana, a 22-year-old plaintiff, said in a statement, “but these defendants are treating this case, our democracy, and the security of mine and future generations like it’s a game. I’m tired of playing this game.” . . .

The lawsuit — brought by 21 plaintiffs, many of whom are minors, in U.S. district court in Eugene, Ore. — claims the federal government encouraged the production of oil, gas and other fossil fuels, causing the planet to warm and infringing on several of the plaintiffs’ fundamental rights. It lists examples that the government knew the Earth was warming as early as 1965, and it requests a court order for the government to decrease carbon dioxide emissions as well as the creation of a national plan to “restore Earth’s energy balance” and “stabilize the climate system.” (Read more from “Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says” HERE)

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Supreme Court Refuses to Block Young People’s Climate Change Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

By The Independent. . .The court’s three-page order said the government should seek relief before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

It noted the government’s assertion that the “suit is based on an assortment of unprecedented legal theories, such as a substantive due process right to certain climate conditions, and an equal protection right to live in the same climate as enjoyed by prior generations”.

The justices acknowledged that the 9th Circuit had previously turned down the government, but said those decisions came when there was a “likelihood that plaintiffs’ claims would narrow as the case progressed”.

That no longer seems the case, the unsigned opinion said, suggesting the possibility that the 9th Circuit might see things differently now. . .

The plaintiffs in the case range in age from 11 to 22. The goal of their lawsuit is to compel the government to scale back its support for fossil fuel extraction and production and to support policies aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. (Read more from “Supreme Court Refuses to Block Young People’s Climate Change Lawsuit Against U.S. Government” HERE)

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