A lawsuit filed by a group of teens who were trying to sue President Donald Trump over global warming was thrown out by a federal court last week.
The judges wrote, “The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large. The political branches might conclude — however inappropriately in the plaintiffs’ view — that economic or defense considerations called for the continuation of the very programs challenged in this suit.”
A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by children and young adults who claimed they had a constitutional right to be protected from climate change, in a major setback to efforts to spur the U.S. government to address the issue.
In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs, who were 8 to 19 when the lawsuit began in 2015, lacked legal standing to sue the United States.
Circuit Judge Andrew Hurwitz said the majority reached its conclusion “reluctantly,” given “compelling” evidence the government had long promoted fossil fuels despite knowing they could cause catastrophic climate change, and that failing to change policies could hasten an “environmental apocalypse.”
Lawyers for the plaintiffs had no immediate comment. The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Twenty-one children and young adults had accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process right to a “climate system capable of sustaining human life,” by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment but doing nothing about it.
One of the big reasons though why this case is so important is because up until recently, this likely would not have been decided in Trump’s favor. The 9th Circuit Court used to be an easy place for the left to get their way. However, President Trump has been adding his justices to the bench there and now the court has begun leaning more to the right.