NM Court of Appeals to decide whether “public trust” doctrine requires state to regulate greenhouse emissions

According to this report by Staci Matlock in the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Court of Appeals heard oral argument in a case brought by a teenager, Akilah Sanders-Reed, asking the Court to hold that the “public trust” doctrine requires the New Mexico government to regulate greenhouse gases.

Ms. Sanders-Reed’s claims were rejected by the district court on the ground that the State’s ordinary regulatory process is where greenhouse gas regulations should be enacted, if at all.

The case is captioned Sanders-Reed v. Susana Martinez, and the Court’s oral argument notice states that this case will be decided by Judges Michael Vigil, Timothy Garcia, and Miles Hanisee.

If you would like to read the briefs, an organization called Our Children’s Trust has helpfully posted links to Ms. Sanders-Reed’s brief-in-chief, the State’s answer brief, and Ms. Sanders-Reed’s reply brief.

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