Federal government requests halt to climate change lawsuit

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has again asked a judge to suspend legal proceedings in the climate change lawsuit scheduled to go to trial in Oregon later this month.

The Register-Guard reports government attorneys filed a motion last week in federal court in Eugene, requesting a stay pending a review of the case by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A group of 21 young people filed the suit in 2015, arguing that the federal government’s actions violate their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and the government has violated its obligation to hold certain natural resources in trust for future generations.

The case is part of an effort led by the Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust to force governments to take action on climate change.