The Trump administration’s request to end the Oregon case was “premature,” the justices ruled.
The Supreme Court has shot down the Trump administration’s effort to halt a climate change lawsuit launched by a group of young people that accuses the federal government of exacerbating global warming by promoting fossil fuels — and threatening their futures.
“The application for stay … is denied,” the court ruled Monday.
The ruling means the three-year-old Oregon case filed by 21 teenagers and younger children can proceed to a U.S. District Court trial scheduled for late October.
The sweeping suit argues that government policies have worsened global warming in violation of the young people’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property and that they threaten future generations. The lawsuit calls on the federal government to devise a plan to phase out carbon emissions and stabilize the Earth’s climate.