March 01, 2017

The Back Page: Atmospheric Trust Litigation: “The Kids Can’t Wait”

Jonathan P. Scoll

Lauren Kurtz

Ms. Kurtz is the executive director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund in New York, New York. She may be reached at lkurtz@climatesciencedefensefund.org.

Two days after the recent presidential election, Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon denied motions to dismiss an action brought by a group of young people, aged 9 to 20, against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies, asserting constitutional and public trust rights to a lifetime in a stable climate.

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