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Industry Groups Join Trump Administration In Seeking To Appeal Youth Climate Lawsuit

Rachael McDonald

Petroleum industry groups have joined the Trump Administration in seeking appeal of a climate change lawsuit that’s set to go to trial next fall. The suit was brought against the federal government by 21 youth plaintiffs.

Last week, the Trump Administration filed a motion seeking an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Julia Olson with Our Children’s Trust represents the youth plaintiffs. She says it’s no surprise the government is trying to avoid going to trial. She points out Rex Tillerson was formerly with the American Petroleum Institute, one of the groups that has intervened on behalf of the defendants.
Olson: “He is now defendant Secretary of State. So they are working closely together to do what they can to try to avoid trial, try to avoid producing documents that show that these groups, our government and the industry, have been working together for decades to keep fossil fuels in place. And that has caused climate change.”
It’s up to Federal Judge Ann Aiken to allow the Trump Administration to appeal the case. She denied motions to dismiss the youth climate lawsuit last fall.

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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