Oregon's new governor has asked for a delay in a hearing on a youth lawsuit over climate change. Governor Kate Brown wants time to look over the case in which she is a defendant. The hearing had been scheduled for this week.
Two Eugene teens last year won an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling that requires a Lane County judge to hear their case against the state. The case asks the state to do more to curtail carbon emissions and fight climate change.
Attorney Julia Olson is director of Our Children's Trust, which filed the lawsuit.
Olsen: "What the youth are asking for is a declaration that the atmosphere is a public trust resource in Oregon and that the state of Oregon and the governor have a duty as trustees to protect that resource for present and future generations."
Olsen says the case in Oregon is further along than similar youth climate lawsuits in other states. The hearing is now scheduled for April 7th in Eugene. The governor's office is expected to file briefs in the case by Friday.