HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

The Court and global warming

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

Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE


More Posts Like This

CONSEQUENCES

SCOTUS Poised to Handcuff the EPA

In the wake of reactionary rulings by the Supreme Court that seized a woman’s right to abortion after the Justices had unleashed potentially lethal freedoms to gun owners, one can only shudder at the prospect of the court’s upcoming decision on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

CITY TECH BLOG

China and the Paris Agreement by City Tech Blogger Xiao JiaLun

The “Paris Agreement” is a climate change agreement adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference on December 12, 2015, and signed in New York on April 22, 2016. The agreement decides the global response to climate change after 2020. A major feature of the Paris Agreement is that

ENERGY

Biden is Right to push for Climate Agenda on Economic grounds

In Biden’s 1st SOTU, he doubled down on his climate agenda, asserting that it would save Americans $500/year in energy costs. He promised to build 500,000 charging stations, upgrade miles of highways, and modernize the nation’s ports and airports, all to lower transportation costs for Americans. He said

Take action in the fight against climate change