A powerful industrial lobby group has moved to withdraw from a landmark climate change lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 young people, arguing that it trusts the Trump administration to fight the case.
In a surprise reversal, the National Association of Manufacturers filed court documents on Monday saying it no longer wanted to fight alongside the federal government in the children’s lawsuit.
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“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” –U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken
On June 8, 2017, Judge Ann Aiken denied the Trump administration’s motions seeking an interlocutory appeal of her November 10, 2016 opinion and order denying the U.S. government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss a constitutional climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youth.
The lawsuit argues that young people have been harmed by the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.
The organization stands by its original position, its senior vice president and general counsel, Linda Kelly, said in a statement to The Washington Post.