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Youth climate trial will proceed, state Supreme Court says

The Montana Supreme Court in a 6-1 decision Tuesday denied a request by the state Attorney General's office that would have delayed the trial in a climate lawsuit brought by youth plaintiffs.

Sixteen youth plaintiffs are suing the state of Montana over its energy policies, saying Montana’s continued promotion of fossil fuels violates the kids’ right to a clean and healthful environment.

After previous attempts to avoid trial were rejected in district court, the Attorney General’s Office Friday requested the case be reexamined by the Supreme Court. Now that the request has been denied, the trial will begin on June 12 as planned.

Ellis Juhlin is MTPR's Rocky Mountain Front reporter. Ellis previously worked as a science reporter at Utah Public Radio and a reporter at Yellowstone Public Radio. She has a Master's Degree in Ecology from Utah State University. She's an average birder and wants you to keep your cat indoors. She has two dogs, one of which is afraid of birds.
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