Teens climate lawsuit marches on past Trump’s attempted roadblock

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A group of 21 youths who accuse the U.S. government of failing for decades to properly address climate change defeated the Trump administration’s attempt to keep the dispute out of court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that a novel and sweeping case, which the Obama administration first tried to extinguish in 2016, can proceed toward a trial. Trump’s Justice Department is expected to ask the Supreme Court to shut it down.

The group of mostly teenagers in Oregon alleged in a 2015 complaint that government policies have exacerbated global warming in violation of their rights — and those of future generations — under the U.S. Constitution…

Julia Olson, the lead attorney for the teens, said the opinion offers them the opportunity to continue fighting for environmental justice, saying it gives them “the green light for trial.”

“We will ask the district court for a trial date in 2018 where we will put the federal government’s dangerous energy system and climate policies on trial for infringing the constitutional rights of young people…”

Keep on rocking in the free world. And fightback against the creeps and scumbags who value profit over people’s lives.

3 thoughts on “Teens climate lawsuit marches on past Trump’s attempted roadblock

  1. Ephebiphobia says:

    Youth climate case vs. U.S. government gets October trial date https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/04/12/youth-climate-case-juliana-v-us-ann-aiken/
    Juliana, et al. v. United States of America, et al. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliana_v._US
    No Ordinary Lawsuit: Juliana v. United States is a Landmark Precedent for Climate Change Legislation http://www.jurist.org/forum/2017/01/Gabriela-Steier-juliana-v-united-states.php
    “The courts are our last, best hope at this moment of irreversible harm to our planet and life on it,” said Julia Olson, an attorney for Our Children’s Trust, a legal challenge center in the U.S. that is involved in climate change litigation across 13 countries, including the U.S., Pakistan and Uganda. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-climate-change-lawsuits/
    Teenager-be-gone https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129581152

  2. Update says:

    Washington (CNN): The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request Friday to stop a lawsuit brought by youths who are seeking to hold the government accountable for failing to do enough to fight climate change. https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/02/politics/climate-change-children-trial-supreme-court/index.html “The vote total was not released, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said they would have ruled in favor of the administration.
    “The court went out of its way to stress that the government can still try to stop this case from going forward,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and a professor at the University of Texas law school. “The court appears to have coalesced around a narrow compromise to defuse, for the moment, major litigation against the Trump administration.”

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