Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Keystone XL Battle Could Find Its Way to the Supreme Court

...Last year, a group of five teenagers and two nonprofit organizations representing thousands of young Americans, filed a federal lawsuit at the Supreme Court.

In the lawsuit, the youth of the United States sought to require the government "to immediately plan for national climate recovery according to the scientific prescription of Dr. James Hansen and other leading international climate scientists that will restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 by the end of the century and avoid the disastrous scenarios of 2°C of warming."

The lawsuit was relying on a legal principle from the Public Trust Doctrine, which says that our government must do everything in its power to protect and maintain survival resources for future generations.

Unfortunately, this past December, the Supreme Court announced that it would not be hearing the case brought up by thousands of young Americans who want to save their planet.

While that decision was a blow to the climate change fight, it really didn't come as much of a surprise.

That's because today's Supreme Court is all about protecting the rights of the wealthy elite and protecting the rights of giant corporations to do business without interference from the government.


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