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Green group, children sue Trump over climate change policies

Green group, children sue Trump over climate change policies

An environmental group and two Pennsylvania children have sued the Trump administration over the federal government’s approach to climate change.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Pennsylvania, alleges the U.S. is using “junk science” to roll back policies designed to limit the impact of climate change.

It comes from the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and two “child plaintiffs who have been personally impacted by climate change,” because one has asthma and another lived through Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

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They ask the court to stop the government from pushing “any rollbacks that increase the frequency and/or intensity of the life-threatening effects of climate change.”

“We will not stand idly by while President Trump and his agencies raze crucial environmental protections, ignore climate science, dispute well-documented facts and force future generations of Americans to suffer the consequences of this administration’s reckless choices and ignorant policies,” said Clean Air Council Executive Director and Chief Counsel Joseph Minott.

“We must hold the federal government accountable for the long-term environmental harm that is propagating under its direction. It’s time to fight back,” he said.

The suit names Trump, Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryTomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Overnight Energy: Michigan reps reintroduce measure for national 'forever chemicals' standard |  White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill Trump alumni launch America First Policy Institute MORE and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittCourt sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues Scientific integrity, or more hot air? OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden proposes billions for electric vehicles, building retrofitting| EPA chief to replace Trump appointees on science advisory panels | Kerry to travel to UAE, India to discuss climate change MORE as defendants.

The lawsuit is similar to another effort by a group of 21 young people who have sued Trump and the federal government “for perpetrating climate chaos,” according to their website.

A federal judge has set a Feb. 5 trial date for that case.