Ninth Circuit tosses ‘children’s’ climate lawsuit demanding halt to fossil fuel emissions

Ninth Circuit tosses ‘children’s’ climate lawsuit demanding halt to fossil fuel emissions
Poster bear. Not as stranded as previously suggested.

[Ed. – The real news here is the Ninth Circuit finding something to be beyond its constitutional power.  We’re querying for what must be numerous flying-pig sightings over San Francisco.  (Notice the subtlety in not going with an obvious Greta Thunberg joke.  You’re welcome.)]

A federal appeals court on Friday tossed a climate change lawsuit brought by a group of children who sought a court order to force the U.S. government to phase out fossil fuel emissions.

A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said that while the lawsuit raised critical issues concerning the government’s promotion of fossil fuels, they were beyond the court’s power to resolve.

“Reluctantly, we conclude that such relief is beyond our constitutional power,” Judge Andrew Hurwitz wrote for the majority. “Rather, the plaintiffs’ impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government.”

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