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Eugene Judge Hears Motions For Dismissal In Climate Case

Rachael McDonald

Attorneys for the U.S. Government Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 youths who want immediate action to curtail climate change. Hundreds of schoolchildren watched the hearing in Eugene.

Federal judge Thomas Coffin heard motions from government attorneys and representatives of the fossil fuel industry who asked him to dismiss the case. The lawsuit, brought by 21 plaintiffs from across the country says the U.S. government fails to protect young people and future generations from the destructive effects of climate change. After the hearing, several of the plaintiffs spoke. 19-year-old Alex Loznak is from Roseburg.
Loznak: “I grew up on the farm that my great great great great grandmother founded. Each generation has preserved that farm for the next just like our government must now preserve the stable climate system. We understand that what we’re asking for in this lawsuit is not easy.”
Children from Eugene area schools and as far away as Portland joined activists and attorneys and filled three courtrooms. If Judge Coffin doesn’t dismiss the case, he’ll hear it in Eugene.

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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