A federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s last-ditch efforts to derail a landmark constitutional climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs, preserving the trial start date of Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon. In a 62-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken denied yet another attempt from the federal government to throw out Juliana v. United States , which was first filed in 2015 . The judge largely rejected the government’s arguments but granted the administration’s motion to dismiss President Donald Trump as a defendant. A federal judge has rejected most of the Trump administration’s arguments attempting to stop the national children’… https://t.co/BaP2R3s0UQ — InsideClimate News (@insideclimate) 1539619440.0 Bloomberg reported: The judge said the students can get what they want by suing officials below the president, but she left the door open for Trump to be reinstated as a defendant in the case, if necessary. Lawyers for the teens had argued the president shouldn’t be excused for failing in his official capacity to protect the environment from rising global temperatures while subsidizing fossil fuel-dependent industries. The groundbreaking lawsuit targets the government for creating policies that encouraged climate change, and for violating the country’s youngest citizens their constitutional rights […]

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