"Republican-led states want a seat at the table as the Biden administration discusses settlement options in a novel climate case led by a group of children and young adults.
Alabama and 16 other states on Tuesday moved to intervene in Juliana v. United States, also known as the kids’ climate case, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
A federal judge last month ordered the Biden administration and the 21 young plaintiffs to engage in settlement talks, leaving the states with “no choice but to move for limited intervention in this case to ensure their interests are not undermined,” they told the court.
The ambitious case, filed in 2015, accuses the federal government of violating what the plaintiffs call a constitutional right to a stable climate system by enabling a nationwide reliance on fossil fuels. A federal appeals court tossed the case on jurisdictional grounds last year, and the young litigants sought to restart district court proceedings by framing their claims more narrowly."