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Wed Jul 10, 2024, 08:35 AM Wednesday

Montana to ask state top court to overturn landmark climate ruling

Source: Reuters

July 10, 2024 6:22 AM EDT Updated 2 hours ago

July 10 (Reuters) - Montana's top court is set to hear the state's appeal of a landmark ruling holding that it was violating the rights of young people to a clean and healthful environment by barring regulators from considering the impacts on climate change when approving fossil fuel projects.

The Republican-led state will urge the Montana Supreme Court to conclude that the lawsuit by 16 young people should never have gone to trial in the first place because they lack legal standing to challenge a restriction on agencies' ability to consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.

The state is asking the court to reverse an August 2023 ruling by District Court Judge Kathy Seeley in Helena in the closely watched case. It was the first lawsuit in the United States by young environmental activists challenging state and federal policies they say are exacerbating climate change to go to trial.

The youth-led lawsuits have taken aim at government policies at the state and federal level that they say encourage or allow the extraction and burning of fossil fuels and violate their rights under U.S. or state constitutions. While some of those cases have faltered, the youth activists last month scored a major victory when the state of Hawaii agreed as part of a first-in-the-nation settlement to take action to decarbonize its transportation system by 2045.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/legal/montana-ask-state-top-court-overturn-landmark-climate-ruling-2024-07-10/

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Montana to ask state top court to overturn landmark climate ruling (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Wednesday OP
The Montana Supreme Court is very independent. I believe they will rule that the flashman13 Wednesday #1
So Repukes believe Big Oil is more important than future generations sakabatou Wednesday #2
Got a call last night from Eureka MT. Arne Wednesday #3
Young people, with their heads on straight, leading the way Bayard Wednesday #4


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1. The Montana Supreme Court is very independent. I believe they will rule that the
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 10:52 AM

Montana Constitution means what it plainly says and will uphold Judge Seeley's ruling.


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3. Got a call last night from Eureka MT.
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 11:06 AM

It was 99 degrees.
Wondering what Glacier National park will look like
if the glacier is gone.

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