The Warming Law blog is a place for people who write about,
think about, or wonder about how the third branch of government, the judiciary,
is addressing one of the most urgent environmental issues of our time. As
one industry lawyer put it, “I think now everybody realizes we've moved into
the judicial arena” in the fight against global warming.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, holding that EPA must reconsider whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles under section 202 of the federal Clean Air Act. As Community Rights Counsel stated in a release yesterday, the Court’s ruling “represents a tremendous victory in one of the most important environmental cases ever decided by the Supreme Court on the preeminent environmental challenge of our time.”
But the Court’s ruling is only the beginning. Innovation on global warming solutions is taking place in regions, states, and local governments across the country. Industry has challenged, or threatened to challenge, all of these innovations in court and as the cases discussed in the sidebar to this blog indicate, many of these court challenges were put on hold pending the outcome of Mass. v. EPA. This blog will track these cases as they move through the court system. Initially, our focus will be on Massachusetts v. EPA, as we pick the opinion apart and analyze its intricacies and implications. For those looking for background on the case, we have sidebar links to the Court’s opinion, all the briefs and some of our earlier commentary about the case. Our focus will then shift to how the Court’s ruling is playing out in other cases around the country.
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“We” are attorneys at Community Rights Counsel (CRC) a public interest law firm that promotes constitutional principles to defend laws that make our communities environmentally sound and socially just. CRC represented local governments as amici in Massachusetts v. EPA, at both the petition for certiorari and merits stages of the case.
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