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Ann Carlson Mentioned in Clean Technica: 9th Circuit Court Rules Against Young Plaintiffs In Landmark Climate Suit

In 2015, a group of young Americans, some of them only 7 or 8 years old, sued the United States government, claiming the federal government “through its affirmative actions in creating a national energy system that causes climate change, is depriving them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources.”  This month, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruled against the young plaintiffs.   Ann Carlson, an expert in climate change law at UCLA said what surprised her and many other experts was how far the lawsuit had proceeded. “There really is a giant dilemma here about the lack of political will to address the problem, the lack of judicial comfort in stepping in to solve the problem,” she said.