Proponents of a lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of violating the rights of American young people and future generations, by contributing to global warming through the promotion of fossil fuels, recently won a victory in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon when a judge ruled that the lawsuit has sufficient merit to continue through the federal court system.
And there on the steps of the Oregon courthouse was a student from Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Jaime Butler, 15, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who is one of 21 plaintiffs in the precedent-setting lawsuit.
The suit, filed last year with the help of an Oregon-based nonprofit organization named Our Children’s Trust, a group of attorneys, and climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, moves ahead after a March 10 decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin in Eugene, Oregon.
“In this case, the government has allegedly taken action through subsidies, regulations, etc., that creates massive CO2 emissions, and has failed to limit such emissions despite a duty to do so,” states the judge’s decision, in part.
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