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Judge Recommends Against Trump’s Appeal Of Youth Climate Lawsuit

Rachael McDonald

A federal judge in Eugene says the Trump administration is, quote, “putting the cart before the horse” by appealing a climate lawsuit brought by 21 young people. The case has already survived 2 motions for dismissal and is set to go to trial later this year.

The lawsuit claims the government must do more to reduce fossil fuel emissions which cause climate change. The Trump administration earlier this year asked to appeal the lawsuit. It’s unusual for a judge to grant an early appeal before a case has even gone to trial. Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin recommendsthe appeal be denied.
21 year old Kelsey Juliana of Eugene is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Juliana: “I have full faith in our judicial system and I have full faith in this case. I have full faith in my lawyers and I know we’re going to win. You know, I kind of shut down the questions of, if you don’t win, it’s like, no, we’re going to win!”
Judge Coffin’s recommendations will go to District Judge Ann Aiken for review. Last year, Aiken ruled the case should go to trial, on constitutional grounds.
The Trump administration has 2 weeks to file any objections.

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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