Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial

Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial
FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, lawyers and youth plaintiffs lineup behind a banner after a hearing before Federal District Court Judge Ann Aiken between lawyers for the Trump Administration and the so called Climate Kids in Federal Court in Eugene, Ore. The U.S. government is trying once again to block a major climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights by failing to take action climate change. On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, the Justice Department for a second time this year asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The high court in July denied the request as premature. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of young activists suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be evaluated at trial next week.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily put the trial on hold in federal court in Oregon until lawyers for the 21 young people responded and until it issued another order.

In a response Monday, lawyers argue that freezing the trial will disrupt the judiciary’s role as a check on other political branches and will irreparably harm the youngsters.

Justice Department lawyers had asked the high court to intervene and end what they called a “profoundly misguided suit.” Trial had been set to start Oct. 29.

The lawsuit alleges the federal government has violated young people’s constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate.