Youth Climate Lawsuit

Youth plaintiff Jacob Lebel of Green speaks during a rally after a hearing in the landmark Juliana v. U.S. climate change lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in December. The court was holding a hearing on a motion by the Trump administration to stop the lawsuit from proceeding to trial.

The federal youth climate case will not go to trial Feb. 5 as the U.S. District Court in Eugene originally ordered, the organization assisting the plaintiffs, Our Children's Trust, announced Thursday. 

The 21 youth plaintiffs are suing the federal government for knowingly taking actions exacerbating the effects of climate change. The plaintiffs, along with the Trump administration, await a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the government's petition to have the case, Juliana v. United States, dismissed before a trial takes place. In July, the Ninth Circuit ordered a pause on the case until the petition is resolved.

Attorneys representing the U.S. government could not be reached by deadline.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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