Friday was not a good day for the Trump Administration. The Supreme Court struck down an appeal from the administration to halt a trial regarding the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, but this wasn’t the only contrary decision SCOTUS made to the Trump administration.
The Supreme Court also rejected a request from the Trump Administration on Friday to stop a lawsuit brought by youth who are seeking to hold the government accountable for failing to do enough to fight climate change.
According to CNN:
‘The administration had asked the court to halt the lawsuit, saying it was “misguided” and a “radical invasion of the separation of powers.”‘
The high court said the administration had not yet reached the high bar necessary to halt the lawsuit for now. However, CNN reported:
‘But the justices suggested that the government might be able to seek relief at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals at a later stage of the litigation.’
Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled in favor of the Trump administration. The vote total was not released.
Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and a professor at the University of Texas law school said:
‘The court went out of its way to stress that the government can still try to stop this case from going forward. The court appears to have coalesced around a narrow compromise to defuse, for the moment, major litigation against the Trump administration.’
The challengers who brought the case argued that by neglecting to properly address climate change, the government is depriving them of rights to life, liberty and property while also failing to protect essential resources.
A district court ruled that the case could go to trial on October 29, but that date was put on hold after Chief Justice John Roberts issued a temporary stay. According to CNN:
‘Lawyers for the youths originally brought the case under the Obama administration and are asking the court to order the executive branch to prepare a remedial plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions.’
The attorneys wrote:
‘These young Plaintiffs, mere children and youth, are already suffering irreparable harm which worsens as each day passes with more carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere and oceans.’
‘Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the justices to halt any further discovery and the pending trial while the government files appeals with the high court.’
Francisco, in his filing, called the suit:
‘an attempt to redirect federal environmental and energy policies through the courts rather than through the political process, by asserting a new and unsupported fundamental due process right to certain climate conditions.’
There have been a number of other environmentally related cases brought against the Trump administration. Back in May, California along with 17 other states sued Trump’s administration over its push to “reconsider” greenhouse gas emission rules for the nation’s auto fleet. This prompted a legal battle over one of President Barack Obama’s most significant efforts to address climate change.
Featured image is a screenshot via Twitter