Appeals Court Dismisses Youth Climate Case
Five years ago, 21 young people sued the US government, alleging that by contributing to climate change, despite knowledge of its dangerous consequences, it was violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.
The kids were asking the court to compel the government to end fossil-fuel subsidies and adopt policies that would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
But on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the case, known as Juliana vs. the United States.
"The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs' case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large," the 32-page opinion said.
The decision reverses a ruling by Oregon district court judge Ann Aiken, who found that the case had legal standing. Both the Obama and Trump administrations had tried multiple times to get the lawsuit dismissed.
Our Children's Trust, the non-profit law organization representing the youth plaintiffs, said its fight was not over, though.
"We will be asking the full Ninth Circuit to review the determination that federal courts can do nothing to address an admitted constitutional violation," Andrea Rodgers, the plaintiffs' co-counsel, said in a statement.
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