Fossil Fuel Industry Granted Defendant Status in Youths’ Landmark Climate Lawsuit

Girl Jump Roping and Determined to Win the Fight for Fresh Air (from Girl Soda Atlas) illustrated by K. J. Legry (featured by Girl Power Academy)
Girl Jump Roping and Determined to Win the Fight for Fresh Air (from Girl Soda Atlas) illustrated by K. J. Legry (featured by Girl Power Academy)

Fossil Fuel Industry Granted Defendant Status in Youths’ Landmark Climate Lawsuit

The newly named trade association defendants are the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)—representing ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Koch Industries, and virtually all other U.S. refiners and petrochemical manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute (API)—representing 625 oil and natural gas companies, and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

This litigation is a momentous threat to fossil fuel companies. They are determined to join the federal government to defeat the constitutional claims asserted by these youth plaintiffs. The fossil fuel industry and the federal government lining up against 21 young citizens. That shows you what is at stake here.”

The fossil fuel powerhouses call the youth’s case “extraordinary” and “a direct, substantial threat to [their] businesses.” During Wednesday’s hearing, the industry argued that a decision in favor of plaintiffs on their legal claims will require a significant restructuring of the fossil fuel business model, such as potentially invalidating thousands of leases for fossil fuel extraction and development.
In their lawsuit, the young plaintiffs assert the federal government violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by allowing and facilitating the exploitation of fossil fuels. The youth have asked the court to order the federal government to prepare and implement a science-based national climate recovery plan. ~ Source: http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/14/youth-climate-change-lawsuit/

Mother Nature Character (moth and bluebell woman) illustration from Girl Soda Atlas by K. J. Legry (featured on Girl Power Academy)
Mother Nature Character (moth and bluebell woman) illustration from Girl Soda Atlas by K. J. Legry (featured on Girl Power Academy)

Earth Guardians is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization with youth chapters on five continents, and multiple groups in the United States with thousands of members working together to protect the Earth, the water, the air, and the atmosphere, creating healthy sustainable communities globally. We inspire and empower young leaders, families, schools, organizations, cities, and government officials to make positive change locally, nationally, and globally to address the critical state of the Earth. www.earthguardians.org

Our Children’s Trust is a nonprofit organization, elevating the voice of youth, those with most to lose, to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate on behalf of present and future generations. We lead a global human rights and environmental justice campaign to implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to levels below 350 ppm. www.ourchildrenstrust.org/

News updates: http://ourchildrenstrust.org/news

Related Girl Power Academy Post with Mary Christina Wood  interviewed by Bill Moyers:

https://girlpoweracademy.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/mary-christina-wood-natures-trust-a-new-approach-to-environmental-law/

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