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Update on Climate Change Lawsuit

Toni Larson  | Published on 1/4/2018
On Monday, December 11th, 2017, A panel of federal appeals court judges expressed skepticism over the Trump administration’s request to halt a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by 21 children, which  had been scheduled to begin early in 2018. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas and Judge Marsha Berzon appeared skeptical about the government’s request to halt the case at this juncture and undermine the lower court’s decision, saying it would be an unprecedented and potentially unwarranted decision.
   Juliana v. United States is 
the climate change lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust. The 21 youth plaintiffs are alleging that the government is violating their constitutional rights by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels, despite knowing for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system.