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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:56 AM

There's been an ongoing effort by "Our Children's Trust" to litigate a way around Congress' climate change inaction.

See http://www.cnn.com/2...awsuit-climate/
see http://www.columbia....iableFuture.pdf

The suit in Federal court in Oregon has survived a motion to dismiss.

See  http://www.columbia....oricVictory.pdf
see  http://www.columbia...._CourtOrder.pdf

Quoting the first two paragraphs of the court order:

"The motions before the court are directed against a relatively unprecedented lawsuit that, in essence, seeks relief from government action and inaction that allegedly results in carbon pollution of the atmosphere, climate destabilization, and ocean acidification. The government action and inaction allegedly threatens catastrophic consequences which have already began and will progressively worsen in the near future.
Plaintiffs include a group of younger individuals (aged 8-19) who assert concrete harm from excessive carbon emissions. Also among the plaintiffs are associations of activists who assert they are beneficiaries of a federal public trust which is being harmed by allegedly substantial impairment and alienation of public trust resources through ongoing actions to allow fossil fuel exploitation. Finally, plaintiff Dr. James Hansen participates as a guardian for plaintiff "future generations." "

Next to last paragraph:
"For the reasons stated above, the intervenors' motion to dismiss ( # 19) and the government's motion to dismiss (#27) should be denied. The government's motion to strike (#58) is denied."

Gotta hope this suit will get somewhere.

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 05:28 AM

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 02:01 PM

Looks like this suit is continuing, has gotten by another step.  Been reviewed by another judge and the dismissal has again been denied, as of 10 November.  See  http://csas.ei.colum...by-judge-aiken/  and   http://www.columbia....yJudgeAiken.pdf

Basically, trying the sue the Federal government, trying to get it to do the right thing, regulate CO2 emissions.  

A ray of hope, offsets the recent election results a tiny bit, in the area of climate change anyway.

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 03:56 AM

Now Trump has been named in the suit.  See https://thinkprogres...b66c#.suj1pnvtr

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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:35 PM

The lawsuit continues.
Now some of the fossil fuel interests that had voluntarily sided with the US government as "intervenors" want out.  It's speculated that these fossil fuel interests want out so that they won't have to answer questions under oath.
See: https://insideclimat...fossil-fuel-api

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 03:59 PM

One issue for the industry groups,
. . . is that laying out in court,
. . . the scientific findings they accept on climate change,
. . . could bind them to specific positions,
. . . in other legal proceedings.

Exxon Mobil, for instance,
. . . is battling with attorneys general in Massachusetts, and New York,
. . . who are investigating the company for fraud based on,
. . . apparent discrepancies between its public stance on global warming, and
. . . internal documents on climate science.

https://www.thenews....ange-court-case

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:07 AM

Suit continues.....
A trial date has been set for early next year.
https://static1.squa...ial Date PR.pdf

The Trump administration is trying to block though.  
https://static1.squa...tay Request.pdf

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 08:28 PM

Suit continuing tomorrow morning December 11 2017 at 10 AM (Pacific time) at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.  See  https://www.ourchild...ederal-lawsuit/

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:46 PM

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit sent the suit back to the lower court, dismissing the government's claim regarding separation of powers and the claim that it would be too burdensome to produce the required evidence.

See https://insideclimat...childrens-trust

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:46 PM

Continuing....Judge to start hearing evidence October 29 2018, in Eugene Oregon.
https://www.apnews.c...ds'-lawsuit

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:06 AM

Inside Climate News has a summary of some of the ongoing climate change related lawsuits.
See:
https://insideclimat...ttorney-general

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