Montana Republicans call on state Supreme Court to throw out youth climate activists lawsuit

Republican leadership in Montana will make an appeal Wednesday to the state’s Supreme Court to overturn a landmark climate ruling that found state regulators must consider the effects of climate change when approving fossil fuel projects. 

The lawsuit was brought forth in 2020 by 16 people between 2 and 16 years old whose lawyers argued their state and federal constitutional protections, which mandated leadership to “maintain and improve” a clean environment, were not being honored by the state. 

The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued their clients suffered harm as the state approved fossil fuel projects without taking into consideration the environmental effects, resulting in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and degradation in Montana’s environment. 

In August 2023, District Court Judge Kathy Seeley ruled in favor of the youth activists, pointing to a 1972 amendment to the constitution that requires the state
Read more…

Please follow and like us: