The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that children do not have standing to sue the Trump administration and the federal government for not adequately addressing climate change.
Attorneys for the teenagers can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the trial to continue in Oregon, where it was initially filed.
— Alexandria Villaseñor (@AlexandriaV2005) January 17, 2020
“The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the panel of judges noted.
The 21 young people involved in Juliana v. United States sought a court order requiring the government to implement an “enforceable national remedial plan” phasing out carbon emissions in an effort to stabilize the climate.
Their effort has survived several attempts by the government to torpedo the case after it was originally filed in 2015.
The court’s order said the government should seek relief before the 9th Circuit.
Plaintiffs in the case asked the court to issue an injunction to prevent the government from issuing oil extraction licenses before March, when the Trump administration plans to offer nearly 80 million acres of unleased areas off the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Washington Examiner.
BREAKING bad news: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the constitutional rights-based climate change lawsuit against the federal US government. Key takeaway: the panel AGREED on concrete injuries and causation but DISMISSED as non-redressable. https://t.co/UeDkupDR6B pic.twitter.com/1n84mrtsLg
— Sam Varvastian (@SamVarvastian) January 17, 2020
He nominated Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke to the court in September.
They would raise the number of Trump’s 9th Circuit appointees to nine.
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