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9th Circuit Court Rules Against Young Plaintiffs In Landmark Climate Suit

January 19th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley

In 2015, a group of young Americans, some of them only 7 or 8 years old, sued the United States government, claiming the federal government "through its affirmative actions in creating a national energy system that causes climate change, is depriving them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources." That's according to Our Children's Trust, which is sponsoring the suit. The "public trust" theory was first conceived by OCT attorney Julia Olson


Young Americans Want Solutions To Climate Change

May 28th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Staring down the barrel of a hotter, drier, more turbulent world, the next generation of American leaders is eager to find a solution to climate change, and they are agitating for progress in the courts and on the streets. Their passion is a testament to the fact that, sooner or later, we are destined to end its love affair with fossil fuels


Will US Courts Force America To Confront Climate Change?

November 23rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Courts are poorly equipped to deal with public policy considerations like climate change. But at a time when the executive and legislative branches of American government are bought and paid for by fossil fuel interests, they may be the last, best option for climate activists. That's the opinion of climate scientist James Hansen, who has been sounding the alarm about climate change for more than 30 years


All Fracking Is Local

July 26th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

As the BLM tries to block an Obama rule that would protect drinking water on public lands, citizens in western Pennsylvania are taking direct action to block fracking operations and preserve their water supply from state sponsored pollution.


Our Children’s Trust Climate Lawsuit Scheduled For Trial On February 5

June 30th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Despite a furious defensive effort by some of the most powerful and wealthiest corporations on the face of the earth represented by a phalanx of $1,000 an hour lawyers from the nation's top law firms, the climate lawsuit filed by Our Children's Trust on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs ranging in age from 9 to 20 is headed to court. This week, U.S. District Court Justice Ann Aiken set the trial date for February 5, 2018, in her courtroom in Eugene, Oregon



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