US energy policy hurts young people, lawyer says

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for young people who are suing the U.S. government over climate change says federal energy policy “puts children in harm’s way.”

Attorney Julia Olson urged three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let the young people’s lawsuit move forward. The judges heard arguments Tuesday in Portland but aren’t expected to rule right away.

A U.S. Justice Department lawyer argued earlier that the plaintiffs wrongly want the courts to direct energy policy instead of elected officials.

The Obama and Trump administrations have tried to get the lawsuit dismissed since it was filed in 2015.

It asks the courts to declare federal energy policy that contributes to global warming unconstitutional.