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A group of youths argued that the US government’s failure to take appropriate mitigation measures violated the public trust because it demonstrates the government is not taking adequate steps to protect the natural resources of the State (which will be impacted by climate change).
In 2016, the Oregon Federal Court denied a motion to dismiss their claim, ruling that they had a reasonable claim based on the doctrine of public trust.
However, in 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed the claim on the grounds the youths did not have standing and the claim concerned a political question.
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