SCOTUS to Hear Landmark Climate Case

The Supreme Court will hear a case that could have significant ramifications on the government's ability to regulate emissions.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:01 a.m.

The Supreme Court accepted six petitions Tuesday that could determine just how much power the government has to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions, SCOTUSblog reports.

In the Court’s language, the issue it will determine: “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.”

The Environmental Defense Fund hailed the fact that the Court agreed to hear only one segment from the nine petitions it received, calling it a “narrow question.” The group’s general counsel, Vickie Patton, said in a release it looks “forward to presenting our case to the high court to show that EPA’s long-standing permitting requirement that the nation’s largest industrial emitters do their fair share in cutting carbon pollution by deploying cost effective technologies when they are constructing or rebuilding is manifestly anchored in law and science.”

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