Kids' Climate Suit Misses The Mark But Fallout Will Be Limited

Law360 (January 17, 2020, 9:05 PM EST) -- The sheer ambition of the youths asking the Ninth Circuit for a green light to pursue a total overhaul of the U.S. government's approach to fossil fuel use may be the saving grace for other climate change plaintiffs with more modest goals, who were nervously awaiting the appeals court's Friday ruling.

A split Ninth Circuit panel held that a remedy in favor of the kids, which would likely alter the face of the country's energy system and economy, would be beyond the power granted to a federal judge under the Constitution. The group of young plaintiffs shot for the moon in a...

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