The Latest in an Alaska Supreme Court hearing an appeal involving a climate change lawsuit filed by country youths (all times local):
An attorney representing 16 Alaska youths told the state Supreme Court his customers have a constitutional right to a healthful environment.
Attorney Andrew Welle told justices Wednesday that climate change is already damaging the lives of his customers and will have serious long term impacts unless changes are made.
He asked justices to render invalid a state law which states fossil fuel development is an official state policy.
Assistant Attorney General Anna Jay told justices that the court isn’t the place to decide state policy on greenhouse gas emissions.
She asked justices to confirm rulings in prior cases concluding that courts do not have tools like public hearings to formulate a policy.
Justice Daniel Winfree didn’t specify when the court will issue a written opinion.
Lawyers for 16 young Alaskans who sued over state climate change policy are expected to argue their case before Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday.
The lawsuit claims state policy that boosts fossil fuels violates the constitutional right of young Alaskans into a secure climate.
The lawsuit claims human-caused climate change will be catastrophic unless atmospheric carbon dioxide declines.
One of the damages it lists are raising temperatures, changing snow and rain patterns, rising seas, storm-surge flood, thawing permafrost, coast erosion and increased wildfires.
A judge ruled against the youths annually ago.
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller cited previous cases that concluded the courts lack scientific, technological and economic resources that agencies may use to determine climate policy and it was best left in their hands.