Twenty-one youth plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen, filed a lawsuit in 2015 against the United States, seeking to secure their constitutional rights to a stable climate. Three trade associations, representing the fossil fuel industry intervened to protect their interests. Both the government and the trade associations filed motions to dismiss to throw the youth’s case out of court. They lost.
In April, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin denied all the motions to dismiss, paving the way for the case to move forward. However, both the government and fossil fuel industry filed objections to Judge Coffin’s findings. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken will hear oral arguments on those objections from lawyers representing all of the parties.
The 21 youth plaintiffs are excited for the opportunity to appear in court again and have their arguments presented to Judge Aiken.
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