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People’s Right to a Healthy Climate Takes Center Stage in Federal Court

July 11, 2017

Common Dreams,

Kai Huschke,

July 7, 2017-

Spokane residents fighting for the right to a healthy climate will have their day in court on Wednesday, July 12th, in the case of Holmquist v. United States (No. 2:17-cv-00046-TOR). The case was filed on behalf of seven residents by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in January 2017. The plaintiffs contend the federal government has failed to take adequate steps to secure and protect the right to a livable and healthy climate. They challenge the federal government’s preemption of local regulation over the transportation of fossil fuels by rail, asserting that such transportation violates their right to a healthy and livable climate.

The hearing to determine if the lawsuit will proceed to trial will take place at the federal courthouse in downtown Spokane, Room 902 at 9:00 a.m., with Judge Thomas O. Rice presiding. Last year, six of the seven plaintiffs were involved in nonviolent civil disobedience as a necessary measure to combat climate change by halting the transportation of coal and oil by train through Spokane.

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