The Disturbing Dismissal of the Kiddies’ Climate Lawsuit

by T.R. Clancy
American Thinker

On a 2-1 vote, the Ninth Circuit Court finally dismissed Juliana v. United States, the lawsuit brought on behalf of child plaintiffs demanding their constitutional right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life.” The children, and the environmentalist group Our Children’s Trust that’s using them as lawfare puppets, were demanding a court order compelling the U.S. government to “swiftly phase out fossil-fuel use” and develop and implement “a national plan to restore Earth’s energy balance … to stabilize the climate system.” The way William Yeatman at Cato boils it down: “If the plaintiffs had their druthers a single federal district court judge would become, after the president, the most powerful official in the country.”

The majority’s opinion (one judge wrote a dissent) correctly recognizes the clear-cut limits the U.S. Constitution places on Article III courts — i.e., “[n]ot every problem posing a threat to the American Experiment can be solved by federal judges … [so] the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large.”

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