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CPM Files Landmark Case to Protect Our Environment

August 12, 2015

On International Youth Day, August 12, CPM filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit on behalf of 21 young people from across the U.S. against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for Oregon. Also acting as a Plaintiff is world-renown climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen. The Complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property by promoting the development and use of fossil fuels. The Federal Government has known for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system. No less important than in the Civil Rights cases, Plaintiffs seek a court order requiring the President to immediately implement a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to a safe level: 350 ppm by the year 2100.

There have been numerous media outlets covering this lawsuit including: 

MSNBC
MSNBC (additional coverage)
MSNBC (additional coverage)
The Portland Mercury
The Register Guard
KLCC
Al Jazeera
Huffington Post
The Oregonian
Mother Jones
Newser
Ecowatch
Bustle
eNews Park Forest
Eugene Weekly
Daily Kos
NR Today
Truth-Out
The Immoral Minority
Headlines & Global News
OPB
Popular Science
India Country Today
Grist
Courthouse News Service
Counter Punch
Jefferson Public Radio
Popular Resistance
RYOT
The Portland Mercury
Democracy Now
Dissident Voice
Legal Planet
Popular Resistance
Children say U.S. climate policy violates constitutional rights
HLN On Air
Our Children's Trust
Sustainable Business
Slate
The Register-Guard
Moyers & Company
The Hill
CNN
ECOWatch    
The Register Guard   
Moyers & Company
350 Eugene Press Conference
KESQ News
Moyers & Company
KEZI
CNN
Common Dreams
KATU
KVAL
Jefferson Public Radio
NBC Eugene Oregon
Addtional CNN Story
Duke Law
The Progressive
The Register-Guard
The Washington Times
Daily Mail

Additional press coverage:

Victoria Barrett Interview  https://vimeo.com/136526396
Jacob Lebel Interview  https://vimeo.com/136526395

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