A quixotic legal effort to push the state environmental agency to regulate greenhouse gases is moving forward just as the Legislature has signaled it wants the agency to turn a blind eye to them.
The lawsuit began as little more than an attention grabber by a coalition of environmental groups across the country, pitting children and teens against environmental agencies that were perceived as slow to act on greenhouse gases. But it got an unexpected small foothold last summer when a district judge in Travis County gave credence to one of the plaintiffs’ key arguments.
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