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9th Circuit ‘Reluctantly’ Scraps Youth Case Seeking Federal Climate Plan

A divided appellate court panel is “reluctantly” dismissing youth plaintiffs’ litigation seeking to force the federal government to develop a plan significantly limiting carbon emissions that cause climate change, finding that the plaintiffs’ “impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government.”

Environmentalists are urging an appellate court to rule quickly in their already expedited case seeking release of an EPA computer model they hope will show that current vehicle greenhouse gas rules are lower than the administration claims, citing the formal start of the White House’s review of rules rolling back the current standards.

California Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has proposed amendments to his landmark bill to spur new multi-story housing projects near transit hubs, in part help cut greenhouse gases associated with vehicle miles traveled (VMT) -- driving new support from key stakeholders and suggesting it may win approval in 2020.

Democratic presidential candidates are sparring over who would best suited to tackle climate change if elected to the White House this November, with the top contenders tussling over the issue in the most recent primary debate and former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also touting a new infrastructure plan focused on climate resilience.