Eight states, including California and New York, are being heard by the Supreme Court for a case that began seven years ago. The plaintiffs are suing six energy corporations that have emitted a quarter of the total CO2 emissions from the US’s electricity sector. What they seek is for these corporations to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. The issues surrounding the debate are the polluter pays principle, where the polluter is deemed responsible for environmental harm caused, and the EPA’s push for emissions regulations. The defendants, with the support of a Republican majority House, say that the EPA’s effort toward establishing this legislation is an act with federal authority and should not be usurped by states. The Second Circuit says, however, that no law yet exists, therefore the issue may be addressed by federal common law. SC
The dust has settled at COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt where a record 45,000 people registered to attend. The longest running summit of all the conferences, agreements made in the final moments has left us all with hope but also doubts.