Fossil Fuels

An appeals court in Washington upheld the dismissal of a case brought by 13 people between the ages of 8 and 18 who claim the state’s reliance on fossil fuel-based energy and transportation systems violated their rights. While the judges “firmly believe that the right to a stable environment should be fundamental,” they found they would violate the separation of powers doctrine if they resolved the youths’ claims.

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Ninth Circuit Tosses Youth Climate Change Suit Against Feds

The Ninth Circuit put the brakes on a landmark climate change suit against the federal government filed by 21 young people, finding that while a factual dispute over whether the government knowingly created climate change by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry exists, courts lack the authority to craft climate policy that ensures a planet capable of sustaining human life.

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