The US Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in American Electric Power Co v Connecticut regarding whether electric utilities contributed to global warming, says a Jurist report.
The court is being asked to decide whether states and private parties have standing to seek judicially-fashioned emissions caps on five utilities for their alleged contribution to harms claimed to arise from global climate change caused by more than a century of emissions by billions of independent sources. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in 2009 that states can sue power companies for emitting carbon dioxide, reversing a district court decision that found the plaintiffs’ claim was a non-justiciable political question…the justices appeared sceptical of the states’ arguments, implying that the Environmental Protection Agency would be better equipped to deal with emissions standards than Federal Courts. The Obama administration has sided with the power companies, the report notes.
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