Juliana v. United States – The Climate Case of the Century

Back in 2007, in the case Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are air pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act. This year, another landmark climate case appears headed for the US Supreme Court, Juliana v. United States.

While environmental lawsuits have been around for fifty years, “climate rights” and climate liability lawsuits blaze new legal territory. As reported by CBS 60 Minutes, the Juliana v. United States lawsuit “was filed back in 2015 on behalf of a group of kids who are trying to get the courts to block the U.S. government from continuing the use of fossil fuels. They say it’s causing climate change, endangering their future and violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property.”

On June 4th this case will be argued in the Portland branch of the 9th Circuit. Preceding this hearing, expect waves of well funded protests across the United States in support of the plaintiffs, who are a group of 21 children and teens who were recruited from places in the U.S. deemed particularly vulnerable to climate change.

The prospects for this case to reach the US Supreme Court and provoke a strong ruling in favor of the plaintiffs cannot be ruled out. Over the past few decades, and despite the convenient lie that they have not, the fossil fuel industry has embraced the climate change activists. The industry has determined that challenging the basic premises of climate change activists is not a practical […] Read More