US government asks Supreme Court to halt climate lawsuit

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a climate change lawsuit filed by a group of young people that is scheduled to go to trial in Oregon later this month.

The Register-Guard reports government attorneys filed a mandamus petition Thursday seeking to dismiss the case, which aims to force the government to take action on climate change.

A group of 21 young people filed the suit in 2015, arguing that the federal government’s actions violate their constitutional rights. The suit seeks a court order directing the government to stop permitting, authorizing and subsidizing fossil fuels and to work to stabilize the climate.

The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in U.S. District Court in Eugene.