A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government’s bid to halt a lawsuit by the youth of America claiming that President Trump and his administration are violating their constitutional rights by ignoring the harm caused to them by climate change.
In a 3-0 vote by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the U.S. government’s bid to halt the suit was blocked. The court said that the administration had not met the “high bar” under federal law to dismiss the Oregon lawsuit.
This case is one of many lawsuits that is seeking to change the U.S. governments current narrative on climate change with the potential to drastically force a change in regards to the way
The suit, brought forth by 21 plaintiffs, ages 10 to 21, is accusing federal officials and oil industry executives of knowing for decades that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels destabilize the climate. The suit explains that due to the government not attempting to stop emissions, it has deprived them of their due process rights to life, liberty, and property, including living in a habitable climate.
The governments attempt to block the suit is built on the belief that letting the case proceed could lead to burdensome litigation, and provoke a “constitutional crisis” by pitting courts against Trump and the many other Executive Branch officials named as defendants.
Chief Judge Sidney Thomas said the dismissal request was premature, and deciding whether the plaintiffs’ claims were too broad could be addressed through the normal legal process.
“Litigation burdens are part of our legal system, and the defendants still have the usual remedies before the district court for nonmeritorious litigation,” Thomas wrote. “Claims and remedies often are vastly narrowed as litigation proceeds; we have no reason to assume this case will be any different.”
Carbon pollution has been known to be a main driver of climate change. Oceans and all marine animals are already feeling the direct harm caused by climbing temperatures. Coral reefs, which have the highest biodiversity in the world, have been dying at a historical rate due to warming water.
Marine scientists have been scrambling to try and grow coral at accelerated rates to repopulate the reefs but at a very high expense.
The best way to protect coral reefs and many other animals and plants in the world is to fight climate change by reducing carbon output.