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New York Times/Greenwire Talk to Prof. Parenteau About Global Warming Case

June 23, 2011

The New York Times carried a Greenwire story talking to Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on June 20 in the global warming case American Electric Power v. Connecticut.Image of Pat Parenteau

The Court unanimously overturned a 2009 federal appeals court decision that allowed several states and environmental groups to sue coal-fired electric utilities on the grounds that their emissions create a public nuisance by contributing to global warming.

The case tried to use common law -- or a judge-made remedy -- to force industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the Supreme Court said the matter must be addressed by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act rather than the courts. The EPA plans to make a final decision about whether it will issue final greenhouse gas regulations by May 2012.

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