Against all odds, another group of children who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court. Again.
(From Forbes / by James Conca)– In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the ongoing climate case brought by these youths against the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill re-ordered the Department of Ecology to promulgate a carbon emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session. Judge Hill also ordered the Department of Ecology to consult with the young plaintiffs in advance of that recommendation.
The youths were forced back to court after the Department of Ecology withdrew the very rulemaking efforts to reduce carbon emissions that the agency told the judge it had underway in its previous court appearance, an interesting sleight-of-hand from a state agency. But Ecology only withdrew that effort in order to make better changes to the language and is back on the effort.
The lawsuit brought by the youths alleges that the Federal Government is violating the Plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust rights by promoting the use of fossil fuels. The basis for these lawsuits is that, for over fifty years, the United States Government and the Fossil Fuel Industry have known that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels causes global warming and dangerous climate change, and that continuing to burn fossil fuels destabilizes the climate system.