#1 Wake judge rules against teen facing off against NC on climate change by ThirstyMan 29.11.2015 11:24


Hallie Turner, the 13-year-old girl who took North Carolina to court over climate change, received disappointing news the day before Thanksgiving.

A Wake County Superior Court judge ruled against her effort to overturn a December 2014 decision by the N.C. Environmental Management Commission.

But with the pluck of a teen wise beyond her years, Hallie said Friday the ruling from Judge Mike Morgan had not deterred her.

“It’s an issue that I’m always going to continue trying to make a difference in,” Hallie said during a phone interview. “There’s lots of next steps that can be taken.”

Hallie, an eighth-grader at Ligon Middle School who has been marching and rallying against global warming since the 4th grade, is one of a number of teens taking their states and politicians to court over climate change.

With the help of lawyers from Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based climate change non-profit, attorneys from Duke University’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, and Gayle Goldsmith Tuch, a Forsyth County lawyer, Hallie petitioned the state Environmental Management Commission to adopt rules that would reduce greenhouse gases. Commission members are appointed by the governor and leaders of the N.C. Senate and House of Representatives.

In her petition almost a year ago to the 15 members of the commission, Hallie asked for a rule that would require North Carolina to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 4 percent annually.

The commissioners never got to the crux of her request, which included scientific data and more to support her theory for why the state should curb greenhouse gas emissions. Commissioner Benne Hutson rejected Hallie’s petition because he said it was incomplete. He also added that North Carolina law prohibited environmental agencies from enacting state laws stricter than federal law.

Earlier this month, the commission adopted a proposal from the state Department of Environmental Quality that is much less stringent than what was suggested by Hallie and the attorneys who helped her draft her petition.

After waiving the routine 30-day comment period, the commission adopted a rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Duke Energy power plants by 0.4 percent. A strategy put forward by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require a 12-percent reduction by 2030.

Tuch, one of Hallie’s lawyers, said Friday she did not know why Morgan ruled against her. Morgan has not yet issued his formal order. It is expected in couple of weeks.

As the state gears up for an expected legal battle over the greenhouse gas emissions strategy adopted earlier this month, Hallie and her legal team are thinking about next steps in their case.

Several options are under consideration, including an appeal of Morgan’s ruling or taking a different petition to the Environmental Management Commission that might clear the hurdle as complete and something the 15 members could put out for public review.

Hallie said the judicial process has been educational. “It’s connected to so many things that I’ve been learning at school in social studies,” she said.
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Her lib parents must be proud! Only 13 and carrying water to court for the GW crowd.! TM

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