So the question is, just how low will activists stoop? We predict that eventually Gina McCarthy will say “we are compelled by law to take stronger action”, just as Lisa Jackson did with Massachusetts vs EPA.
This week a group of young Americans aged 8-19 filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Government to demand greater action on climate change.
The 21 young plaintiffs sought an order from the District Court of Oregon, requiring Obama to implement a national plan for the reduction of atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 350 ppm by the year 2100.
This is in line with the international target to keep warming below 2 degrees on pre-industrial levels.
The Complaint, submitted on Wednesday to to coincide with International Youth Day, further accuses Obama and the Federal Government of knowingly risking “harm to human life, liberty and property” through intensive fossil fuel use.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF OREGON
Plaintiffs include amongst the many and their guardians:
SOPHIE K., through her Guardian Dr. James Hansen;
The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
BARACK OBAMA, in his official capacity as President of the United States;
The OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES;
CHRISTY GOLDFUSS, in her official capacity as Director of Council on Environmental Quality;
SHAUN DONOVAN, in his official capacity as Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
DR. JOHN HOLDREN, in his official capacity as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy;
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY;
DR. ERNEST MONIZ, in his official capacity as Secretary of Energy;
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR;
SALLY JEWELL, in her official capacity as Secretary of Interior;
The UNITEDSTATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION;
ANTHONY FOXX, in his official capacity as Secretary of Transportation;
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE;
THOMAS J. VILSACK, in his official capacity as Secretary of Agriculture;
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE;
PENNY PRITZKER, in her official capacity as Secretary of Commerce;
The UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE;
ASHTON CARTER, in his official capacity as Secretary of Defense;
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE;
JOHN KERRY, in his official capacity as Secretary of State;
The UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY;
GINA MCCARTHY, in her official capacity as Administrator of the EPA;
For over fifty years, the United States of America has known that carbon dioxide (“CO2”) pollution from burning fossil fuels was causing global warming and dangerous climate change, and that continuing to burn fossil fuels would destabilize the climate system on which present and future generations of our nation depend for their wellbeing and survival. Defendants also knew the harmful impacts of their actions would significantly endanger Plaintiffs, with the damage persisting for millennia. Despite this knowledge, Defendants continued their policies and practices of allowing the exploitation of fossil fuels.
h/t to Dennis Ambler