Appeals Court Throws Out Youths’ Climate Change Case Against Florida

image_print
oscaralachuammjoscar In: Appeals Court Throws Out Youths' Climate Change Case Against Florida | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida
Oscar Psychas speaks to the Alachua BOCC. Photo by Jim Tatum.

 

nest petitions isaac In: Appeals Court Throws Out Youths' Climate Change Case Against Florida | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida
Isaac Augspurg speaks to the SRWMD. Photo by Jim Tatum.

 

Why are we not surprised with this ruling?  Because environmental legal challenges seem to have the  same inevitable outcome, and the reasons/excuses often lack imagination.  Here it is called a “political issue,” and can’t be decided by the courts because it is politics.

Contrary to this thought, we believe climate change is not politics but science and fact and the effects are tangible.

Read the original article here at WJCT NEWS.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
[email protected]
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Appeals Court Throws Out Youths’ Climate Change Case Against Florida

May 19, 2021

An appeals court Tuesday rejected a lawsuit in which eight young Florida residents sought to force the state to take steps to address climate change.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a decision last June by Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll to dismiss the case.

The panel did not give a detailed explanation, but cited Caroll’s conclusion that the case involved “nonjusticiable political questions.”

The lawsuit, filed in 2018, contended the state should be required to address climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

In a brief filed at the Tallahassee-based appeals court, attorneys for the plaintiffs contended that the state’s handling of climate-change issues had violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, the plaintiffs were ages 11 to 20, according to the brief.

“Appellants (the plaintiffs) are eight youth from across the state of Florida, each of whom are experiencing profound harms to their lives and liberties as a result of the state energy system that appellees (state officials and agencies) collectively oversee and operate,” the brief said.

“Appellees are governmental entities that have created and implemented a state energy system that causes and contributes to dangerous climate disruption in violation of appellants’ constitutional rights. Specifically, appellants alleged that the science is unequivocal that dangerous climate change is occurring due to human activities, primarily from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels.”

In dismissing the case last year, Carroll wrote that he “lacks the authority to grant the relief requested due to the Separation of Powers Clause of the Florida Constitution. This court finds that the plaintiffs’ claims are nonjusticiable. The claims are inherently political questions that must be resolved by the political branches of government.”

————————————

 

 

 

 

 

 

youthappeal1 In: Appeals Court Throws Out Youths' Climate Change Case Against Florida | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida youthappeal2 In: Appeals Court Throws Out Youths' Climate Change Case Against Florida | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida youthappeal3 In: Appeals Court Throws Out Youths' Climate Change Case Against Florida | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. From the article: “The claims are inherently political questions that must be resolved by the political branches of government.” The Court errs in this ruling, by actually making it a political issue. Exhibiting their devious reasoning, and willful ignorance, they fail to recognize that there are no “political branches of government.”

  2. Holy cow. These battles need to be won in the courts and we need our politicians to actually represent the people they serve in order for anything to change. Crush their future, crush their hope that it’s not already way too late for action. Shameful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top
Skip to content