Judge rules against 13-year-old in climate change challenge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge has ruled against a 13-year-old who took North Carolina to court over climate change.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/1LFiBFN) Hallie Turner learned Wednesday that Wake County Superior Court Judge Mike Morgan rejected her effort to overturn a decision by the state Environmental Management Commission.

Hallie is an eighth-grader who petitioned the commission almost a year ago, seeking a rule that would require North Carolina to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 4 percent annually.

A commissioner who rejected the petition said it was incomplete. He also said North Carolina law prohibited environmental agencies from enacting state laws stricter than federal law.

Hallie and her attorneys are considering several options, including an appeal of Morgan’s ruling or putting together a different petition.

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