Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the youth climate lawsuit filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, asking a judge to reconsider her decision to put a stay on the proceedings.
The 30-page motion asks for the stay to be lifted in Juliana v. United States so that the trial can begin as early as next month.
For the trial to begin, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would also need to lift the stay it ordered on Nov. 8.
In the motion, attorneys referenced the latest National Climate Assessment released last month by the government, which warns that global warming could pose a threat to American’s well-being.
The plaintiffs say government reports such as the climate assessment show the dire emergency facing them and argue that it should weigh against any stay the government requests.
Julia Olson, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said this is the fourth time the case has been stayed and the fourth time she’s been to the court of appeals before trial.
“And there is not a shred of evidence that defendants have been harmed by anything plaintiffs have done or anything the District Court has done in this case. It’s simply a miscarriage of justice and causing gross inefficiencies for the parties and the judiciary. The courts owe these youth a proper analysis of the stay request so that the harms can be thoroughly evaluated. The only rational course is for the courts to lift the stay. If they don’t, we’ll be forced to move for injunctive relief,” Olson said in a news release.