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Supreme Court's Climate Change Decision: 'Massachusetts v. EPA' [May 18, 2007]   [open pdf - 72KB]

"On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court handed down 'Massachusetts v. EPA' [Environmental Protection Agency], its first pronouncement on climate change. By 5-4, the Court held that (1) Massachusetts had standing to sue, (2) Section 202 of the Clean Air Act authorizes EPA to regulate emissions from new motor vehicles on the basis of their possible climate change impacts, and (3) Section 202 does not authorize EPA to inject policy considerations into its decision whether to so regulate. The Court's decision leaves EPA with three options under the section: find that motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions may 'endanger public health or welfare' and issue emission standards, find that they do not satisfy that prerequisite, or decide that climate change science is so uncertain as to preclude making a finding either way. The decision also has implications for other climate-change- related litigation, particularly a pending suit seeking to compel EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources of emissions."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS22665
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2007-05-18
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of State, Foreign Press Centers: http://www.fpc.state.gov/
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