The Latest: Young climate activists get ready for court test

Nathan Baring, left, and Alex Lozano, two plaintiffs that are part of a lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing cl

Nathan Baring, left, and Alex Lozano, two plaintiffs that are part of a lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing cl

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on young people suing the U.S. government over climate change (all times local):

12 p.m.

Young people who sued the U.S. government over climate change are preparing for a key court test as the Trump administration tries to prevent the case from moving forward.

Nathan Baring of Fairbanks, Alaska, wants the government to stop throwing up legal obstacles to try to prevent a trial on whether U.S. energy policies are causing climate change.

The 19-year-old said Tuesday that sea ice protecting coastal Alaska communities from storms is forming later in the year, leaving the villages vulnerable.

The Obama and Trump administrations have tried to get the lawsuit dismissed since it was filed in Oregon in 2015. Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are hearing arguments Tuesday in Portland.

The government says the lawsuit is trying to direct federal environmental and energy policies through the courts.

___

10:40 p.m.

A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle.

Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are hearing arguments from 21 young people and the federal government Tuesday in Portland but are not expected to rule right away.

The Obama and Trump administrations have tried to get the lawsuit dismissed since it was filed in Oregon in 2015.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump's administration have argued that the lawsuit is trying to direct federal environmental and energy policies through the courts instead of through the political process.

The lawsuit asks the courts to declare federal energy policy that contributes to global warming unconstitutional.