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Climate Activists Plan Lawsuits Against All States, D.C.

By: MATTHEW BROWN - Associated Press Writer
By: MATTHEW BROWN - Associated Press Writer

A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.

The courtroom ploy is backed by high-profile activists looking for a legal soft spot to advance a cause that has stumbled in the face of stiff congressional opposition and a skeptical U.S. Supreme Court.

The goal is to have the atmosphere declared for the first time as a "public trust" deserving special protection. But experts say the success of that novel legal theory is uncertain.

Organizers say lawsuits are planned in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Regulatory petitions filed elsewhere will seek tighter emission restrictions.

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