State: Judge is Wrong to Say It Must Protect Atmosphere

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is appealing a lawsuit that it has already won — and that was filed by children. Environmental advocates say the appeal shows that the state will go to any lengths to fight the suggestion that it address climate change.

As part of a national environmental movement, a group of youths in 2011 demanded that the commission enact steps to reduce greenhouse gases. The agency refused, and the youths’ parents sued on their behalf.

A year later, Travis County District Judge Gisela Triana ruled in the agency’s favor, saying it could use its own discretion ...

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