The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to dismiss the climate trial brought by 21 young plaintiffs.
The request proceeded a hearing scheduled Wednesday in which Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken will hear oral arguments from the parties in the Juliana v. United States case.
Tuesday’s motion is the latest in a series of attempts to have the case dropped.
Judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a second petition from the Trump administration this month that asked the court to dismiss the case.
In March, a three-judge panel with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against an earlier petition by the administration to have the case dismissed.
Previously, the federal government has claimed the evidence discovery process was too burdensome and the case should not go to trial. But the judges wrote in a statement the administration did not establish that it would be harmed by the discovery process.
The plaintiffs assert the government is creating an energy system that causes climate change, and are seeking science-based actions to stabilize the climate system.
The trial, which is currently set for Oct. 29, had been previously delayed while the defendants tried to have the case dismissed.
Editor’s Note: One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is the son of senior reporter Carisa Cegavske.