EUGENE, Ore. – A team of teenagers and young adults is moving closer to a courtroom showdown with the United States government over climate change and the impact it will have on young people’s futures.
Last week, the young plaintiffs held a case-management conference with Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene and filed a notice with the court that replaced former President Obama with President Trump as a defendant in the case.
One of the plaintiffs, 20-year-old Jacob Lebel, says the case is rooted in a fight over the Jordan Cove natural-gas pipeline, which was proposed to travel within a mile of his family’s farm in Roseburg.
“We actually named Jordan Cove in our complaint because a lot of the plaintiffs are from Oregon and a lot of them were affected by this project,” he said. “So we kind of used it as a symbol of all that’s wrong with the way that the federal government deals with these fossil-fuel projects and just approves them.”