'In a landmark climate trial, a Montana court on Monday ruled in favor of a
group of youths who accused the western US state of violating their rights to a
District Court Judge Kathy Seeley said a state law preventing agencies from
considering the impacts of greenhouse gases when issuing permits for fossil
fuel development was unconstitutional.
The case, Held v. State of Montana – brought by 16 plaintiffs ranging in age
from five to 22 – has been closely watched because it could bolster similar
litigation that has been filed across the country.
"By prohibiting analysis of GHG0 (greenhouse gas) emissions and corresponding
impacts to the climate… the MEPA (Montana Environmental Policy Act) Limitation
violates Youth Plaintiffs' right to a clean and healthful environment and is
unconstitutional on its face," Seeley wrote.
"Plaintiffs have a fundamental constitutional right to a clean and healthful
environment, which includes climate as part of the environmental life-support
system," Seeley added in her more than 100-page ruling.'
Via Rixty Dixet.
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