Despite welcome GHG ruling, big issues still open

06/24/2011
Bob Tippee Editor The June 20 US Supreme Court ruling in a case involving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by electric power companies was good for the oil and gas industry but far from everything needed. In American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, the high court held unanimously that courts shouldn’t regulate GHGs. Original plaintiffs—eight states, New York City, and three nonprofit land trusts—asked courts to set GHG emission limits for five large power companies. Their argument: By emitting large amounts of GHGs, the companies contributed to global warming. This, they said, interfered with public rights in violation of federal common law related to “public nuis...
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