“Let Them Be Defeated”. Fearless Kids Press Climate Court Case

April 22, 2017

Our Children’s Trust:

“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” –U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken

On November 10, 2016 Judge Ann Aiken issued an opinion and order denying the U.S. government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss a constitutional climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youth. The decision means that the youth, age 9 to 20 and from all over the U.S., now have standing because their rights are at stake, and now their case is headed to trial.

The youth had filed their constitutional climate lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Also acting as a plaintiff is world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations and his granddaughter. Their complaint asserts that, through the governments affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

On April 8, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin first denied the government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss. While reviewing his decision, Judge Aiken heard oral arguments on September 13, 2016, and issued her historic ruling on November 10, 2016.

12 Responses to ““Let Them Be Defeated”. Fearless Kids Press Climate Court Case”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Great news! Click on the Our Children’s Trust link and read the chronology under “details of proceedings”. (There is also a link to a petition that can be signed in support). The 2/7 update from the “proceedings” is a real eye-opener—-it’s going to take a while, but the deniers are going to be taken down, and maybe by the “kids” rather than the AG’s. Russell Cook needs to be working on his exit plan—–maybe they need burger flippers at McD’s in Moscow? He can work with Vierotchka?

    February 7, 2017
    Update from Case Management Conference

    “Magistrate Judge Coffin asked that today’s conference be used to “take what appears to be a complex case and see how we can simplify it to where it’s more understandable and more manageable.”

    Judge Coffin highlighted progress already made by plaintiffs and the federal defendants. Noting that the federal government’s answer admits many of plaintiffs’ allegations, Judge Coffin said: “To summarize, the government has admitted that, yes, climate change is a reality and that, yes, it’s induced by human activity, and they admit that CO2 right now is at a level of 400 parts per million, which exceeds the level — is the highest level in millions of years.”

    Counsel for the fossil fuel defendants said his clients could not admit CO2 levels have reached 400 PPM. Judge Coffin asked that fossil fuel defendants’ counsel take to his clients for their review and response a list of the US government’s admissions.

    Judge Coffin kept the parties forward-looking. Noting that under plaintiffs’ “public trust doctrine argument, it doesn’t really matter what was known, who knew it, whether they deliberately ignored it and created a danger. What matters there is where are we now and where will this go if changes aren’t made.” And that this case will mainly be:

    “…guided by expert testimony in terms of the main issue: Is climate change happening, is it human induced, is there a tipping point, is the CO2 level currently at 400 PPM, is it necessary to reduce that to 350 PPM by a certain point in time, or is the damage to the planet going to essentially be irreversible if that’s not done.”

    Judge Coffin ordered the parties to “begin by engaging the experts,” even while also pursuing fact discovery”. (…..and more)

    • “… the deniers are going to be taken down, and maybe by the “kids” rather than the AG’s. Russell Cook needs to be working on his exit plan …”

      Right. Bring it. The first question my attorney is going to ask them is where in any of my material did I ever say I deny climate change is happening. BAM! Then, upon pursuing any insinuation that I’m paid to lie by any party, he’ll ask what their proof of this is. BAM! And probably somewhere after that point, he’ll ask them to dispute various specific details I have within my assorted blog posts and articles illustrating how narratives about ‘crooked skeptics’ are highly suspect. Given the manner that test-case subjects here at Crocks and elsewhere fare on those challenges, you can see why I say ….

      Bring it. Any day of the week and twice on Sunday. One thing I’m dead-sure about, the kids’ attorneys will not be looking to Crocks commenter “dumboldguy” as a provider of any usable evidence against me. Emphasis on the word usable. Sure, he’ll bury them with the conspiracy theory stuff he’s got, and you’ll be able to hear the eye rolling all the way over here.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Here’s Russell, again seeking attention and hoping to get his Heartland Whore’s time card punched so he can pay the rent.

        Russell is deluded enough to think that HE is ever going to be a major “person of interest” in these cases and that he will need a lawyer—–perhaps as a bit player and Fred Singer brown-noser in the Merchants of Doubt fiasco, but not as a “star”. Once the kids or the AG’s take down the REAL players, Russell will fade into the sunset (muttering “prove it” the entire time).

  2. Ron Voisin Says:

    A perfect example of what you get when to teach children what to think rather than how to think.

  3. Ron Voisin Says:

    If only you could understand he sociological dis-benefit of what has been taking place.


    And because of our intelligence over other Natural life we fix our transgressions in geologic real-time.

    We’re not the evil of this Earth we’re it’s mutual beneficiary. What it was dearly hoping would come along.

    Though, I’m not sure Dunboldguy is a part of being beneficiary to Earth. He’s admitted that he is not and I take him for his word. He should OFF himself as he said he would.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Looks like Ron has been drinking again . WTF is a “sociological DIS-benefit”? And WTF does “WE ARE THE VERY NATURE OF THIS EARTH” mean?.

      Maybe those are Ron’s entries in the competition for the Omnologos Memorial Obtuseness Award? If so, he’s way ahead of everyone else.

      Ron doubles down with gibberish about “intelligence over other Natural life” and “we fix our transgressions (?) in geologic real-time”. WHAT? And follows that with the nonsensical “We’re not the evil of this Earth we’re it’s mutual beneficiary. What it was dearly hoping would come along” DOUBLE WHAT??.

      Try being a “beneficiary” to sanity on Crock , Ron. Put away the bottle and go sleep it off.

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