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High court hears ‘Climate change kids’ lawsuit arguments

November 14, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for two young Oregonians who are suing the state over the effects of climate change argued their case Wednesday before the Oregon Supreme Court.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 19-year-old Ollie Chernaik and 23-year-old Kelsey Juliana, both of Lane County, filed the case in 2011. The lawsuit, which names Gov. Kate Brown as the defendant, claims the state has failed to protect vital resources from the impacts of climate change. Juliana is also the lead plaintiff in a similar case against the federal government.

Courtney Johnson, who represents Chernaik and Juliana, argued her clients’ case to the seven justices Wednesday at a Southeast Portland high school. She said the state has a duty to protect resources that fall under the public trust doctrine.

Carson Whitehead, an attorney for the state, agreed that climate change is a “huge problem,” but argued that any remedy should be sought through legislative or executive action, not through the courts.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com