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Take 2: Appeals Court Denies Another Government Attempt To Quash Climate Case

Rachael McDonald

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial. 

The government used a legal strategy called petitioning for a writ of mandamus for a second time and again the 9th circuit denied it.

Attorney Phillip Gregory represents the young plaintiffs. He says he’s pleased by the ruling. 

"That this case should go to trial on a fully developed factual record where the testimony of these young plaintiffs and our experts as to the climate science and other issues are developed. So that the district court can base its decision on a full record supported by the evidence."

The lawsuit claims government policies have contributed to climate change which violates the constitutional rights of young people. The government has also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the climate lawsuit. If the case survives this latest attempt to quash it, the trial is scheduled to start October 29th at the Eugene Federal Courthouse.  

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. 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.
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