Obama team backs power companies at high court
The Obama administration may eventually get something done about greenhouse gases via the Environmental Protection Agency or, if there is a second Obama term, Congress.
Meanwhile however it is fighting an ongoing attempt to allow states and activists to sue the likes of Constellation Energy and Exelon to reduce their CO2 output. Arguments are today at the Supreme Court. The case is American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. Constellation and Exelon are not parties but they would be affected if the high court were to allow such suits.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Fed up with the slow pace of government efforts to address global warming, a group of conservationists and state attorneys general filed lawsuits in 2004 asking a federal judge to order five major US power companies to cap and then reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide.
Seven years later, the case arrives at the US Supreme Court, where the justices must decide whether concerned citizens and state officials have the legal power to force suspected polluters to cut their alleged level of pollution – though the federal government itself has not yet taken action on carbon emissions.