By Associated Press • 

Judge hears arguments in revived Oregon climate change suit

EUGENE - An Oregon judge has heard arguments in a case brought by two Eugene teens who have spent years contending that the state is failing to take adequate steps to stave off climate change.

The Register-Guard reports that 19-year-old Kelsey Juliana and 14-year-old Olivia Chernaik and their lawyers want Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen to rule that the atmosphere is a resource that state officials have a duty to protect on behalf of the public.

The teens originally filed suit in 2011. Rasmussen dismissed the case in 2012, saying he was being asked to do a job that should fall to the Legislature and the governor. However, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled last year that Rasmussen does have jurisdiction to consider the lawsuit's merits.

Attorneys representing state government say Oregon already has passed a number of regulations to protect the environment. Lawyers for the teens contend that the state's carbon emission reduction plan is too weak.

After Tuesday's two-hour hearing, Rasmussen is expected to issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.


Don Dix

A lawsuit that has no calculated reality for another 35 years! Brought to you by two shinning examples of Oregon's failing education system. See what happens when actual knowledge is avoided in the classroom?


A great example of kids actually putting their learning to work in a cause.
And nice to see that someone felt compelled to jump right in and demonstrate that education wasn't better in earlier days; on the contrary, apparently.
And that bit about "no calculated reality for 35 years"? Maybe you should go tell that to the farmers facing the fourth straight year of drought in Oregon due to snow packs less than 20% of normal. They might be interested in those fanciful attempts to explain that with anything but climate change.


I'm sure they can't complain when compared to the droughts of the '30's that helped cause the dust bowl.

but hey, it's "settled" science

Don Dix

Farming in the high desert is risky -- it's a desert! Always has been!

Don Dix

These girls originally filed this suit in 2011. At that time they were 15 and 11. Neither would have had the time to study history, raw temperature records and readings, properties of all atmospheric gases and contributors, ice core, ocean sediment, and tree ring studies. Add to that the decadal oscillation, plate tectonics, cosmic rays, solar winds, and maximum and minimum solar output throughout the ages.

To think, at these ages, the two girls were acting on their own learning and education is rather gullible. Most likely, these young ladies are being used to forward this suit simply because of their tender ages, which naturally, draws sympathy and attention.

"The debate is over" -- could anyone provide the time, date, and participants of said debate ( video would also be interesting ).

rebmc -- odd how until Al said so, science has never been considered settled!


Kind of reminds me of the ill fated "Children's Crusade"

Don Dix

The girls are supported by a Eugene-based group called Our Children's Trust. They are an environmental group that considers greenhouse gasses a threat to future generations.

The oldest flew back from college in North Carolina to attend the hearing......

Wait a minute! She traveled across the country in a polluting jet to attend a hearing on Oregon's air quality? So, she can disregard her own pollution while filing a lawsuit about the air pollution from everyone else! The exact hypocritical attitude that would make Gore and Hansen proud!

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