Lawsuit seeks to rewrite Montana energy policy

HELENA – A sprawling lawsuit to force the state to rewrite its energy policy, to combat climate change, has been filed in state District Court – and most of the lead plaintiffs aren’t even old enough to vote.

16 Montana youths, acting through their guardians and with the help of two environmental law groups and a Montana law firm, filed the suit late last week in Helena, asking a judge to strike down Montana’s energy policy.

The 104-page complaint also says a 2011 law that forbids the state to consider climate change when evaluating the impacts of major projects is unconstitutional, and should be voided.