U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s emails while he was at Exxon Mobil are being sought in a lawsuit filed by a group of teenagers in Oregon against the federal government over climate change.
The group’s goal is to prove “through the government’s affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources,” according to its website.
Julia Olson, executive director and chief legal counsel for Our Children’s Trust.org, told Reuters, “It’s possible that Rex Tillerson was communicating with people in government related to climate and energy policy using that email address.”
Tillerson’s email address in question is under an alias – [email protected] – that he used while serving as chief executive and chairman before leaving in December of 2016.
There are 21 total plaintiffs in this landmark case, ages nine through 20, residing throughout the United States. The case was filed in federal court in Oregon in 2015 and is named after one of the plaintiffs, Eugene resident Kelsey Juliana, 21. It is scheduled to go to trial later this year.
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