When Our Children Must Resort To Suing the U.S. Government Over Climate Change Policy

You know something’s wrong in the neighborhood when it’s come down to this. A lawsuit placed in 2015 against the Obama Administration still hasn’t made much ground, and it’s latest roadblock is the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit lodged by 21 children argues that the U.S. government has known how dangerous fossil fuels are to a stable and enduring climate ever since the 1960s, and not only hasn’t done anything to reverse those trends, but actually put policies in place that made it even worse.

The science on the matter speaks for itself, but somehow many Conservative Republicans and even Liberal politicians have found a way to place the lawsuit on the backburner for years.

The lawsuit also contends that the current generation of kids and future generations have the right to a stable environment as part of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the government has a fundamental responsibility to take preventative measures in order to protect our way of life by in turn protecting the natural world and its resources.

This position was earlier solidified by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken, who ruled the children have this right, and therefore should have the opportunity to sue in order to see it protected. Even more decisively, she stated as a matter of course that the lawsuit has nothing to do with proving the scientific realities of climate change. “For purposes of this motion, those facts are undisputed,” she said.

Aiken went on to challenge the government herself, suggesting that environmental law has suffered because of the cautious nature of Federal courts in response to legal action.

NASA climate scientist James Hansen has also attached himself to the lawsuit, and his grand daughter is even one of the plaintiffs.

The Obama administration earlier tried to force a dismissal of the case on the grounds that courts aren’t suited to make decisions based on a “phenomenon that spans the globe.”

Trump’s position on climate change has made the lawsuit even more important. His policies have up-ended regulations in place that would have done the tiniest bit to protect the environment. He believes climate change is a Chinese hoax, and has even claimed that his own administration’s report on the dangers of climate change is overstated.