Gino DiCaro

Supreme Court rejects GHG lawsuit

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 24, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a case brought by California and five other states which sought to require a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants.  In an 8-0 ruling, the Supreme Court decided to block the lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), not the Court, has the authority to seek reductions in GHG emissions. 

The joint lawsuit was filed by California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, in conjunction with conservation groups, against five power companies in order to force them to lower their GHG emissions.  The Court found that the states and conservation groups could file an appeal under the Clean Air Act should they disagree with the US-EPA’s pending decision on power plant GHG emission standards.

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