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17 States Intervene in Youth Climate Lawsuit

Alec Cowan

Attorneys General from 17 GOP-led states want to intervene in the Juliana v. United States climate lawsuit originally filed in Eugene Federal Court.



Plaintiffs fear the move will disrupt efforts to settle the case in their favor. Last month, Federal Judge Ann Aiken ordered attorneys to meet for settlement negotiations in the case brought by 21 young people against the federal government over climate change. The six-year-old lawsuit is on its third administration. A conclusion seemed to be in sight given President Biden’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis. Alabama’s Solicitor General Edmund LaCour led the states’ motion to intervene. In the motion, he expressed concern about the potential settlement, saying, “The Biden Administration has evinced a willingness to disregard these interests of the States in the name of its climate agenda.”

The motion requests the 17 states participate in settlement negotiations and if necessary, oppose any proposed settlement agreement.

The states intervening in the case are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

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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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