The Supreme Court denied an effort from the Donald Trump administration to put a stop to a climate change lawsuit that teenagers and younger children launched.
"The application for stay… is denied," the court ruled Monday, HuffPost reported.
Twenty-one teenagers and younger children filed a lawsuit in 2015, which can now proceed to a U.S. District Court scheduled for late October, the report said.
The lawsuit argues that governmental policies made global warming worse, violating the young people’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property and threatening future generations. The lawsuit calls on the federal government to come up with a plan to phase out carbon emissions and to stabilize the Earth’s climate, the report noted.
The Supreme Court justices said that the administration’s request was "premature," the report said.
Julia Olsen, chief legal counsel of Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit that helped file the suit on behalf of the children, praised the ruling.
"This decision should give young people courage and hope that their third branch of government, all the way up to the Supreme Court, has given them the greenlight to go on trial in this critical case on their inalienable rights," Olsen said in a statement.
The Trump administration had criticized the trial judge for letting the case go forward, arguing that the right to a "particular climate system" was not supported in the Constitution, the report said.
The Barack Obama administration had also tried to get the case thrown out, HuffPost reported.
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