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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Brush Fire

The Ninth Circuit revived a suit brought by a group of landowners against the U.S. over a brush fire, which burned thousands of acres, that ignited during an Army training exercise at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. There were discrepancies in witness statements as to the weather and conditions updates a commander received on the day of the fire.

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