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Climate Kids Get Hearing Monday Before 9th Circuit

Rachael McDonald

A group of young people suing President Trump will present their case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Monday. The 21 youth are suing the federal government over climate change.

In an attempt to get the case dropped before it goes to trial the Trump Administration has asked the Appeals Court for a writ of mandamus. This legal tactic would suggest that Federal Judge Ann Aiken of Eugene was incorrect in her earlier ruling that the case could go to trial. Jacob Lebel of Roseburg is one of the plaintiffs. He says he’s confident the appeals court will see the validity of his lawsuit.
"The legal arguments that we’re making which are based on the public trust and constitutional rights." Lebel says, "And I've been becoming more and more convinced and really hopeful and confident that we have a really, really good case.”
If the Appeals Court judges agree with the climate kids aged 10 – 21  , the lawsuit will go to trial in Federal Court in Eugene, in February.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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