A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday unanimously rejected the government’s request for an order that would have directed a judge to dismiss a climate lawsuit filed by 21 youths ages 10 to 21, along with well-known climate scientist James Hanson. Six of the plaintiffs are from Eugene; 11 live in Oregon.
The plaintiffs allege that their constitutional rights are being violated by a government that has known about the dangers of climate change for decades, but nonetheless promotes fossil fuel production while failing to protect the nation’s natural resources.
The federal lawsuit seeks a court order that requires the government to drastically and quickly reduce carbon dioxide emissions that climate scientists say cause global warming.
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