This Week the Supreme Court Will Decide If 21 Teens Can Sue The Government Over Climate Change
The Trump administration has called the suit “groundless and improper.”
The plaintiffs in a landmark climate change lawsuit line up with their lawyers in July after a hearing in federal court in Oregon.Chris Pietsch/The Regis
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States will decide whether or not 21 teen-aged plaintiffs will be allowed to sue their government on the detrimental effects of climate change. The Supreme Court had said that their case could proceed three months ago, but due to the Trump Administration's request that it be delayed, and Chief Justice Roberts' order to stay the proceedings pending the plaintiffs’ response to the government’s demand that they narrow the case, the Court has a tight window to decide whether to let the trial begin, as previously scheduled, on October 29th.
The teens had first sued the Government under the Obama Administration asserting their rights to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life, ” and now they are arguing that the US government has known for decades that carbon dioxide endangers the world, yet their government continues to allow the production of fossil fuels anyway, which they say violates their constitutional right to life, liberty, and property, as well as their public trust rights.
The Trump/GOP Government has requested that the Supreme Court block the case, insisting that it is a “groundless and improper” request to have the Executive Branch devise a “national remedial plan” to phase out carbon dioxide emissions. In their response today, the teens said that an intervention by the Court at this stage would “undermine the confidence of the American people in our Nation’s justice system."
My vote is for the case to be heard as scheduled on Monday the 29th of October. My guess is that it will probably be delayed. Human life on this planet is not as important to the government or the Courts as I would like it to be.
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