Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Paging Donald Trump: A Federal Judge Just Sided With Teenagers Against Western Civilization
At The Resurgent By Erick Erickson --
A group of teenagers in Oregon just got a federal judge to agree to keep a lawsuit going against the federal government that would establishment “stable climate” as a fundamental constitutional right. The end result, if they are successful is federal judicial control over environmental regulations.
The young plaintiffs, who range in age from 9 to 20, allege that climate change violates their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by causing direct harm and destroying so-called public trust assets such as coastlines. The case argues that climate change is worsened by the aggregated actions of the federal government in permitting fossil fuel development, subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and many other such actions. Further, the children and their lawyers say these government actions are willfully prioritizing short-term profit, convenience, and the concerns of current generations over those of future generations. The plaintiffs state that the government and these companies have continued to prioritize these short-term gains for more than five decades with full knowledge of the extreme dangers they posed.