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Alaska justices hear youth climate lawsuit

The growing realization that such events are going to become more common as the result of global warming is forcing state officials to revisit how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters. (Source: MGN)
The growing realization that such events are going to become more common as the result of global warming is forcing state officials to revisit how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters. (Source: MGN)
Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 8:26 PM EDT
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A lawyer representing 16 Alaska youths told the state Supreme Court his clients have a constitutional right to a healthy environment.

Attorney Andrew Welle told justices Wednesday that climate change is already damaging the lives of his clients and will have serious long-term consequences unless changes are made.

He asked justices to render invalid a state law that says fossil fuel development is an official state policy.

Assistant Attorney General Anna Jay told justices that the courtroom is not the place to decide state policy on greenhouse gas emissions.

She asked justices to affirm rulings in previous cases concluding that courts don't have tools such as public hearings to formulate a policy.

Justice Daniel Winfree did not specify when the court will issue a written opinion.

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He asked justices to render invalid a state law that says fossil fuel development is an official state policy. 

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