Youth activists lose appeal in landmark lawsuit against US over climate crisis

Court confirms government’s contribution to the issue, but judges find they lack power to enforce climate policy decisionsThe ninth circuit court of appeals ordered dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over climate crisis, citing concerns about separation of powers.The case was brought against the government in 2015, charging that it sanctioned, permitted and authorized a fossil fuel system that compromised the youth plaintiffs’ civil right to property. It implied a constitutional right to a stable climate, and alleged that the government violated the public trust by failing to protect assets held in trust, notably the atmosphere. Related: Harvard law students ramp up protest against ExxonMobil climate firm Continue reading… … Read More

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