Friends and Supporters,
In a damning new expose, James Gustave Speth – former Chair of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality during the Carter Administration and an expert witness in Juliana v. U.S. – proves that presidential administrations from Carter to Trump possessed conclusive data on the apocalyptic approach of a climate crisis caused by fossil fuels – but still chose to ignore that data for decades and increase the aggressive promotion and support of a fossil fuel-based energy system.
“They Knew: The U.S. Federal Government’s Fifty-Year Role in Causing the Climate Crisis” is available for purchase now from MIT Press – and all proceeds go to funding Our Children’s Trust’s youth-led, rights-based climate litigation!
In this new book, Speth outlines in clear, compelling prose what the Juliana youth plaintiffs and Speth’s fellow experts have been affirming for years: The federal government has known its actions are causing and will continue to cause the climate crisis.
With a foreword by Juliana attorneys Julia Olson and Philip Gregory, and using rigorous documentation via original source material – identified through extensive research of the public record as well as Speth’s first-hand knowledge as a member of President Carter’s administration – “They Knew” presents an inescapable indictment of the federal government’s responsibility for the climate crisis, both in the past and continuing today.
Biden’s Chapter: Still Being Written by History…
Today, as noted in conversation with Speth, the Biden chapter of “They Knew” has yet to be written. Will the Biden Administration end its opposition to a trial in Juliana v. U.S.? Will the Biden Administration allow the evidence of experts like Speth to finally be heard in open court? Will the Biden Administration finally permit the courts to consider a durable solution to the climate crisis: declaring the constitutional right to a safe climate?
The next chapter in the history of the American federal government and the climate crisis must be about judicial recognition of our children’s fundamental right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life, so that no presidential administration can ever again perpetuate dangerous energy policies that harm our nation’s youth.
Buy “They Knew today!” You’ll be shocked to learn exactly what “they knew” and you’ll be supporting the work of Our Children’s Trust to right those wrongs.
As always, we thank you for your ongoing support of the quest for climate justice,
The Team at Our Children’s Trust