Children huddled in the autumn chill outside the King County Courthouse on Tues., Nov. 3. They weren’t waiting to cast a vote.
They’re too young for that. They were taking action of another sort. They were lending their support to a decision underway in Courtroom W-941, a decision that could be the most profound and consequential legal decision in their lifetimes.
Inside, Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill listened to oral arguments in a case brought by seven youths to address the state Dept. of Ecology’s persistent refusal to set carbon pollution limits based on current climate science.
The seven petitioners have now asked the agency twice to set emissions targets based on that science. Both times, Ecology has refused, committing only to half-measures. The petitioners argue that more delay in resolving their legal claims will result in irreversible infringement on their right to a livable world. […]