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Kid's Climate Crusade Keeps Rolllin' Through The Courts


During the year 1212 A.D. about 30,000 French children assembled in bands and marched through the towns and villages, carrying banners, candles, and crosses and singing, "Lord God, exalt Christianity. Lord God, restore to us the true cross. The French children, set out from the place of rendezvous for Marseilles. Those that sailed from that port were betrayed, and sold as slaves in Alexandria and other Mohammedan slave markets. (Source)


Posted By Energy Reporter John

Children Win Another Climate Change Legal Case In Mass Supreme Court

In another surprising victory for children suing the government over climate change, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court last Friday found in favor of four youth plaintiffs against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

The Court found that the DEP was not complying with its legal obligation to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ordered the agency to “promulgate regulations that address…greenhouse gas emissions, impose a limit on emissions that may be released…and set limits that decline on an annual basis.”

This case is one of several similar cases in federal district courts in Oregon and Washington, and in the state courts of North Carolina, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Colorado. All of these legal cases are supported by Our Children’s Trust, that seeks the legal right of our youth to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate in the future.

At the heart of this particular case, is the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). Signed into law in 2008, this Act created a framework for reducing state GHG emissions by 25% over those of 1990 by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050.

Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel at Our Children’s Trust said, “Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court called Massachusetts to task and underscored the need to take significant action now, so youth are not unfairly consigned to a disproportionately bleak future.”


Here is the clean energy plan mentioned above

This plan was developed by many of the people Barb and I have written about here. Lawmakers had input from executives of many of the largest green energy bankruptcies in history including Evergreen Solar and SunEdison. Here is a bit that Barbara Durkin had mentioned a few years ago:

"Boston-based First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s appointed green policy advisor under the Global Warming Solutions Act.  Gaynor is also appointed co-chair of the Mass Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee “Low Carbon Energy Supply Subcommittee.”  First Wind has benefitted by a $117 million loan guarantee for (12) Clipper Liberty wind turbines at Kahuku despite a trade secret between Clipper Wind and First Wind executed to obscure from the public information about structural and mechanical problems ongoing with Clipper wind turbines." Additionally is this: "Massachusetts’ Deval Patrick Administration in May of 2009 identified the long beleaguered Clipper Wind as the Wind Turbine Technology Testing Facility's first customer."

Enter the now federally convicted former Speaker of the House, Sal DiMasi, who pushed this initiative back in 2008.

House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is expected to announce a new initiative directing millions of state dollars at growing the local alternative-energy sector. Dubbed the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the bill would allocate more than $50 million to the creation of new jobs and revenue in the state's clean energy industry.

One result of the bill would create a new clean-energy "center" and would redirect funds currently being administered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's Renewable Energy Trust Fund."

This is a war on our children. Have they any standing to sue on the debt they have involuntarily incurred? I would imagine the corrupted courts would laugh and dismiss such legal actions. What are they are being taught in schools?

In the meantime, the first mention of this legal attempt appeared on CNN at the time Paris Climate Conference in France last year and is shown in the following video.



Read more at CNN: Meet the 15-year-old kid who's suing Obama over climate change


The irony here is that the quote I use at the top of the page is about the French Children's Crusade. Timing is everything, The Cannes Film Festival was the lead in to the Paris Climate Conference where Al Gore was a keynote speaker, along with many of his acolytes. This should be disturbing.

There was absolutely no media coverage of this in Massachusetts. This is to further push an agenda for inappropriate large scale development and enrich the political cronies and banksters, forcing said development in adjoining states while leaving kids holding the bag.

The children have already been robbed of their futures by the political cronyism at the local, state and federal level. The Corporatist High Priests of Doom need to be taken to task as the unsuspecting kids today are unaware that like the children of the crusades, they already have been betrayed and sold into slavery for the false religion of global warming. 

“Fraud has to be ferreted out by carefully following its marks and signs, for fraud will in most instances, though ever so artfully and secretly contrived, like the snail in its passage, leave its slime by which it may be traced.”

Tennessee Supreme Court 1835 Floyd v. Goodwin



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I saw this a couple of days ago and just put it out of my mind. It's just mind-boggling the kind of stupidity and ignorance that afflicts otherwise intelligent people about a whole range of issues -- global warming, bank bailouts, and so on. And as you point out, people's secular faith-based beliefs are almost inevitably exploited for private gain. We had the Enlightenment and now we have the internet, which has itself created a kind of "new Enlightenment," I think, but the great bulk of the people, educated and uneducated alike, are as superstitious and helpless as medieval peasants.

What can we do be keep on keepin' on? Glad you're fighting the good fight, John.
May 20, 2016 at 2:40 PM | Unregistered Commenterpitchfork
Thanks, pitch and keep on keeping on is what I intend on doing. DB posted this earlier and it made me even more angry. Read the comments too. Barb is digging up archive material on this but just so happens that the State of Massachusetts has had html links removed in her testimony regarding a few of the players that were appointed by then Gov. Deval Patrick. Stay tuned….

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

May 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Here is an outstanding read by Bob Tisdale.

Global Warming and the Illusion of Control


The title of this ebook On Global Warming and the Illusion of Control is based in part on the theory that was first presented by Dr. Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University. Her 1975 paper The Illusion of Control was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In the abstract of that paper, Langer defined the “illusion of control” as:
… an expectancy of a personal success probability inappropriately higher than the objective probability would warrant.
Let’s put that in easier-to-understand terms. The ScienceDaily webpage about illusion of control begins:
Illusion of control is the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes that they demonstrably have no influence over.
May 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
BTW pitch, you wrote some really great material before. I hope that you might have time in your busy schedule to pen a thing or two again.
May 20, 2016 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Here is a little more science being done on climate.

The Solar Wind may be changing the surface temperature of the North Atlantic


Could it be the missing key? The solar wind blasts charged particles, electrons, stuff, towards Earth at 500 km a second — that’s one to two million miles per hour. It speeds up, slows down and shifts in direction as it travels past the Earth and has its own magnetic field. The wind speed varies from 300 km per second up to 800 and the impact on Earth changes with our magnetic field and our seasons. You might think this kind of monster flow might have some effect on our climate. But modern climate models are 95% certain that none of this matters. Only crazy people would think that a electrons flying past at a million miles per hour could “do something” to our stratosphere, or ozone, or cloud cover.

Curiously, a recent study shows that when the solar wind is fastest, the North Atlantic is coldest on the surface. The NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) appears to correlate. The effect is strongest in the northern winter months. Notably the modern expert climate models fail to predict any of the cycles within our major ocean basins. How immature is our understanding of space weather?

Could changes in the solar wind be the driver of the NAO? Will it turn out to be the mechanism for Force N or D?


When I grew up as a child we would go out at night on occasion to look at the Northern Lights, (Aurora). Everyone back then thought it was the suns rays being reflected off of the floating ice of the north pole. As a kid I loved science and knew that during the winter months it was dark there for almost 24 hours a day and was in the same time zone… I also checked the roof for sleigh track on christmas morning too. There were none but the whiskey my dad left for santa was gone.
May 20, 2016 at 3:59 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
I would like to address Julia Olsen [Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel at Our Children’s Trust] directly on this. Are ALL children invited and treated equally in your statement?


Please feel free to comment here anytime as I know you will be seeing this. Also, what are your thoughts on the issues of slavery and child labor?

May 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Here is a quote from a character named Boris Alotovkrap that appeared at Zero Hedge a few years ago. I have never forgotten it.

"In cave in rural France is painting circa 5000 BC, and is tell story. One day is rain much and lightening is loud and scary. Leader of cave community is explain danger of lightening and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for stopping of lightening. Every citizenry of community must bring it portion of berries and meat for sacrificial god and make incantation. Leader of cave community is so very smart, is not help hunt and gather, but is must make strategy and "guide" community for self-preservation technique. One day, citizen is look up and see is still lightening, but is look around and is still alive. Other is still alive. Lightening is come and go, and community is survive. Citizen is make comment at cave meeting and next day is fall in tar pit.

Leader of cave community is explain danger of tar pit and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for prevention of tar pit..."


That was worthy of a medal of honor and a nobel prize.
May 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
John, that whole child crusade is some kind of creepy shit. How come we never thought of that when we were kids?
May 22, 2016 at 8:19 AM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
Because we wisely opted to build forts in the woods instead to defend the homeland. ;-)
May 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
The True Cost of Chinese Solar Panels: Part 3


The human cost of blind consumption, explored.

The third in a series of blog posts about the Chinese solar panel industry. Read the first and second installments.

Despite U.S. tariffs placed on Chinese solar imports in 2012, $1.5 billion arrived in 2013 – up from $21.3 million in 2005. This has been considered a boon to solar’s proliferation across the U.S. But again, trade that ignores the conditions of production supports, quietly but irrefutuably, the environmental and human costs of unrealistically cheap products.

Those costs are myriad. First, consider that labor rights violations in China have been well-documented. From the use of sweatshops and child labor to forced labor prison camps, labor laws in China often go unenforced as national and local governments pursue breakneck economic growth. Investigations by the Laogai Research Foundation have documented hazardous working conditions in prison camps, including “mining asbestos without protective gear, battery acid being handled without gloves,” and vats of chemicals being stirred by naked individuals standing in them. And without proper and consistent monitoring and auditing of the supplier and its supply chain, it is impossible to know whether products are being produced ethically and sustainably in China.
May 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Thank you, John, for provoking me :)

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court--
Our kids are being used to further the greed and graft agenda. A young lady I've known since she was a child was so fearful of Global Warming that she had trouble sleeping. Her fear was cultivated by the shameless, immoral and ignorant who convinced her that she would be taken by rising tides before morning. It's appalling that children are being indoctrinated into a cult endorsed by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court with the aid of AGW conflicted hypocrite and high priest Al Gore.

The Green Communities Act was sponsored by Sal DiMasi, MA former House Speaker now serving an eight year prison term for public corruption, conspiracy and extortion,

The Green Communities Act GCA was signed by former MA Governor Deval Patrick on July 2, 2008. From his podium Governor Patrick stated:

"Today, Massachusetts has taken a giant step forward toward a clean energy future," said Governor Deval Patrick, who signed the bill at a ceremony at the Museum of Science. "This legislation will reduce electric bills, promote the development of renewable energy, and stimulate the clean energy industry that is taking root here in the Commonwealth…"

The Boston Herald headline on November 10, 2011 reveals a staggering $4 Billion dollars in extra cost to ratepayers by the Green Communities Act. Electric ratepayers anticipating Patrick's promised savings by the GCA, are the victims of a $4 Billion bait and switch. See: Boston Herald 11/10/11 ‘Martha Coakley: ‘Green’ act costs $4B’

The CEO of First Wind, Paul Gaynor, was Patrick's appointed Advisor on green policy to then MA energy secretary and (ahem) renewable energy entrepreneur Ian Bowles during 2009. Gaynor was invited to write policy that favors his goods in his marketplace, (ahem).

UPC (First Wind) CEO qualifications as Advisor to MA energy secretary Bowles on green policy?

July 15, 2008
The Press Republican
"We've had a number of complaints from counties all over the state, from Franklin all the way over to Erie," said John Milgrim, spokesman for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.”
“Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne was among "DAs from eight counties, public officials and citizens" who bombarded Albany with complaints about Noble and Massachusetts-based First Wind, formerly known as UPC Wind, he said"

The very powerful Ian Bowles is also Founding Chairman of the MassCEC that skims MA ratepayers dollars to invest in political insiders' renewable schemes.

Bowles finally left as energy secretary and his successor at MassCEC was Alicia Barton. Bowles became Director of First Wind bought by SunEdison for $2.4 bn. Barton also left MassCEC to jump on board at SunEdison. Gaynor then lost his job at SunEdison.

I'd like to know if Barton is still with SunEdison (SUNE). As SUNE stock plummeted 71.4% during the three months following their purchase of First Wind. And as we know, SunEdison has filed for bankruptcy protection as world's largest renewable developer.

The regulators during the Patrick Administration were the regulated. They wrote the renewable rules that force citizens to buy what they sell and service that the free market continues to reject, renewables.
May 22, 2016 at 2:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Durkin
Nicely done Barb!

Here's a bit about Ian Bowles


Ian Bowles, the outgoing energy and environmental chief in the Patrick Administration, says his next move will likely be to start a company focused on increasing the adoption of home energy efficiency measures.

“I think we are really missing a mass-market energy efficiency offering, and I’m interested in how can that happen,” said Bowles in an interview with the Business Journal this week. “That’s something I intend to explore.”

Bowles has been Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs during all four years of Deval Patrick’s first term as governor, and issues around energy efficiency and clean energy have been a major focus.

Former Deval Patrick Officials Back Governor Baker's Clean Energy Plan


Gov. Charlie Baker wants the Legislature to finish work on a clean energy bill soon and he's tapped a group of unlikely allies to help get the message across.

Ian Bowles, Rick Sullivan and Maeve Bartlett - all were energy secretaries under former Gov. Deval Patrick - and they're backing Gov. Baker's plan to use more Canadian hydro-power to replace nuclear and other sources that are soon going offline.

Bowles says the alternative, relying on natural gas, comes with economic and environmental risks:

"I would rather create some certainty around this with carbon neutral alternatives like hydro and wind, onshore and offshore as a preferred alternative to simply throwing ourselves at the mercy of the world natural gas market."

Some environmentalists say Baker's plan doesn't include enough solar and wind energy, while power generators say hydro will cost ratepayers too much.

Lawmakers are currently devising their own energy bill and hope to have it done before their August recess.
May 22, 2016 at 4:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Energy efficiency--Bowles? John? (No promises on links in my docs that frequently are disabled)

In addition, Bowles is working with two stealth start-ups funded by Cambridge venture capital firm General Catalyst and considering launching a start-up of his own that would work in energy efficiency. “It’s an interesting time in clean energy for sure,’’ Bowles said.

Ian Bowles was simultaneously serving as MA energy Czar, Founding Chairman of the MassCEC and as Advisor to FloDesign that MassCEC granted $3 million. The term was up for this $3 million in 2015. FloDesign Inc., and FlowDesign Wind Turbine Corp., are Massachusetts Foreign Corporation(s) with a name change during November of 2013 to “Ogin Inc.” based in the Netherlands.

While Ogin Intellectual Property is listed in the “Official Gazette of the Montenegrin Intellectual Property Office’ 2014/15. http://www.ziscg.me/doc/Glasnik_15.pdf

ENTER ENRON (again) thru the Patrick Admin-

Flo-Design CFO Matthew Commons held several positions at Enron was then CFO of FloDesign. P.S. Matt Commons went to OGIN but has since left. That doesn't spell success or bang for our bucks as ratepayers investing in Flo-Design, with name changed to OGIN.

Matthew Commons
CFO, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp
Wind Power Panelist
Matthew Commons is Chief Financial Officer for FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp., which manufactures high efficiency utility-scale shrouded wind turbines. He is responsible for financial management, business development and strategic planning. He has worked with renewable technologies since 2001 in positions at Enron, American Electric Power, LS Power Equity Advisors and The NorthBridge Group. His experience includes development, financing, and power sales agreements for over 500 MW of wind resources.

Patrick admin pitch on renewables-- I don't understand how the MA SEC of ENERGY (former) can get away with granting money by MassCEC as Chairman of MassCEC to companies with which he's involved, like Flo-Design, now OGIN--

"As our Administration continues to position the Commonwealth for long-term economic growth, we have pulled together attractive resources and tools to offer innovative companies, who are committed to expanding their clean energy business in Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "We want to see these companies succeed and grow here, and our strategic investments are helping companies like FloDesign accomplish these goals."

To help facilitate this expansion, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has approved a $3 million financing package for FloDesign. The package includes a five-year $700,000 forgivable loan, contingent on the company maintaining its corporate headquarters and primary R&D facility in Massachusetts, creating or retaining 150 jobs in the next three years and maintaining those jobs for an additional two years. In addition, the package includes a $600,000 convertible grant, which gives MassCEC an equity stake in FloDesign should the company receive additional financing, and $1.7 million from MassCEC's Renewable Energy Trust to defray a portion of the cost of installing the company's first "shrouded" wind turbines at state or local public entities and non-profit organizations.

[Bowles] He is also serving as an adviser for Harvest Power, a Waltham company that produces biogas, fertilizers, and soil products from food and yard waste, and FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. of Waltham, which is developing a new kind of wind turbine. Last year, the state gave FloDesign $3 million in grants and loans in exchange for a promise to remain in Massachusetts and gradually create additional jobs. Bowles said he will not be involved in FloDesign’s work that was funded with state money. Harvest Power, meanwhile, raised nearly $52 million in venture capital in March.
May 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Durkin
Many thanks Barb for your diligent work. The former Governor, like Romney, disappeared a lot of things.

Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records

Ex-governor’s aides say they did nothing wrong


Institutional knowledge is key...
May 22, 2016 at 9:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
UPDATE 3-Top oil explorer Eni embarks on green energy quest

May 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
On First Wind's scandalous Kahuku wind project that bankrupt SunEdison is selling to D.E. Shaw--

July 27, 2010 - 12:00am
Washington D.C. --- Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy has finalized a $117 million loan guarantee for Kahuku Wind Power, LLC, the owner and operator of the Kahuku Wind Power project. The project includes the development of an innovative 30 megawatt (MW) wind power plant that will supply electricity to approximately 7,700 households per year. According to company estimates, the project, located in Kahuku, Hawaii, will create over 200 jobs on the island of Oahu.
"This project is another example of America's leadership in the global clean energy economy," said Secretary Chu. "Through the Recovery Act, we are supporting innovative projects that are adding to our workforce in the short term while laying the foundation for additional job creation in the long term."

JOBS? Kahuku Jobs cost $11.7 million for each!

Investigative reporter Ira Stoll writes in Future of Capitalism:

"First Wind Holdings LLC will get a $117 million loan guarantee from federal "stimulus" funds to finance the construction and start-up of a wind energy project in Kahuku, Hawaii, the federal Department of Energy announced Friday. Once complete, the project will create "six to ten" jobs, according to the Department of Energy. At $117 million, works out to a federally guaranteed loan of between $19.5 million and $11.7 million for each job created...."


First Wind is Boston-based, and the Hawaii wind developer for Kahuku Wind that has been subject of catastrophic battery storage system fires.

Hawaii Free Press 10/09/13 'Playing with Fire": Kahuku to Install Molten Magnesium Batteries' bemoans the arrival of Ambri, and return of their partner, First Wind, “16 months after the inevitable Kahuku wind farm battery fire spewed molten lead across the sacred 'aina, First Wind, the company that couldn't see the August, 2012 fire coming even after two earlier fires, is doing it again.”

See Hawaii Free Press 10/09/13 'Playing with Fire": Kahuku to Install Molten Magnesium Batteries'

First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor was appointed by MA Governor Patrick to serve as Advisor to Executive Secretary of Energy in MA, Ian Bowles. Ian later served as Director for First Wind. Ian Bowles’ Sail Capital Partners is a venture capitalist group that funded Xtreme Power whose director is First Wind Director Patrick Wood III. Xtreme has filed for bankruptcy protection following First Wind Kahuku Xtreme battery storage facility fires. .

Ambri CEO is MA former undersecretary to Ian Bowles Phil Guidice and a Confluence of Influence who led the team that invested over $54 million in federal stimulus dollars in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in MA.

Philip Giudice has served as Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Undersecretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Giudice is, or was formerly, Chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) appointed by then US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to US DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee. Guidice served on the State Energy Advisory Board. He also served on the leadership group for the joint EPA– and US DOE–chartered State Energy Efficiency Action Network. Guidice has served as board executive committee member and treasurer of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and was also a Senior Partner, and leader of Mercer Management Consulting’s global energy utilities practice.

Giudice’s team instituted the three-year energy efficiency plans for Massachusetts’ investor-owned utilities. Guidice oversaw the transition of DOER from a division of EEA to divisions specializing in energy efficiency, energy markets, renewable energy, Green Communities, and the Governor’s Leading by Example program. Guidice has also served as the MA energy secretary’s key advisor on energy issues, and has provided sweeping policy oversight of the Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Public Utilities. Guidice has also served on the state Energy Facilities Siting Board appointed by the Governor.
Before joining the Patrick-Murray Administration, Giudice was senior vice president at EnerNOC, (with stock options).

EnerNOC is the energy efficiency company in MA awarded a $10 million economic-stimulus contract, by their former Senior Vice President Giudice, through his own MA energy department. This award represented approximately 20 percent of State Energy Program total funding awarded to Massachusetts by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

May 24, 2016 at 2:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Durkin
Once again thank you, Barb. The links that were disappeared after your input into previous matters at the state and federal level is disconcerting. Thanks for taking the time to get this info up!
May 24, 2016 at 8:43 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Bill McKibben: A green prophet rises to heal, cure the sinners


Bill McKibben’s adoring fans have many names for the mild-mannered Middlebury College professor: Rock star, leader, pioneer.
But McKibben’s true status is more grandiose: An end-times prophet seeking to save the souls of unrepentant sinners.

He’s an anti-pollution pontiff, descended to earth to end the reign of dreadful energy producers, the coal and oil barons who play Lucifer and his legions in this anti-growth charade.

Like any spiritual leader, McKibben surrounds himself with like-minded disciples. Most notable is Van Jones, a onetime Marxist who sits on the 350.org oversight board. Van Jones briefly served as President Obama’s green czar but left the White House after his politics proved too toxic.

Author Naomi Klein flanks Jones and McKibben. Klein, a member of the 350.org board, blames the free market for global warming and believes the U.S. should nationalize its oil companies. In a November 2011 piece in The Nation, Klein wrote that addressing climate change would require “shredding the free-market ideology that has dominated the global economy for more than three decades.”
Jun 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
'Gunga Din' threatens to proceed with climate witch hunt.

Elizabeth Warren Warns: 'You Picked A Fight with the Wrong State'

Jul 21, 2016 at 2:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Obama and the courts are in full press mode...

Victory for America’s Youth – Constitutional Climate Lawsuit against U.S. to Proceed


Federal Judge Ann Aiken rejects U.S. government and fossil fuel industries motions to dismiss
Eugene, OR – Today, the federal court in Eugene, Oregon decided in favor of 21 youth plaintiffs in their “groundbreaking” constitutional climate lawsuit against President Obama, numerous federal agencies, and the fossil fuel industry. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken completely rejected all arguments to dismiss raised by the federal government and fossil fuel industry, determining that the young plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust claims could proceed. Now, the 21 plaintiffs, who range in age from 9-20, are preparing for trial in what is believed to be a turning point in United States constitutional history.
In determining the complaint to be valid, Judge Aiken’s ruling contained these passages:
Nov 12, 2016 at 1:04 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn



The group of young people suing the federal government for failing to protect their constitutional right to a stable climate is seeking testimony in their landmark case from Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state.

Attorneys representing the 21 young people in their federal climate lawsuit served the notice of deposition (pdf) on Thursday, demanding Tillerson’s testimony on January 19, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. They claim that “[a]s CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson has unique personal knowledge of the fossil fuel industry’s historical relationship with the federal government.”...
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