As debate over global warming continues to intensify, the United States Supreme Court has taken steps to begin addressing the many interests asserted by private and public parties. In Massachusetts v. EPA, the Court issued a landmark opinion that gives states the power to assert their rights under the Clean Air Act in federal court. The Court also ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") acted arbitrarily and capriciously in denying a petition to promulgate a rule establishing limits on new motor vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases ("GHGs") under the Clean Air Act. This decision has centered the spotlight of the global warming debate on the EPA and may result in the regulation of GHG emissions from many sources other than just new cars.
"New Car Emissions Feared to Increase Global Temperatures, State Standing: Massachusetts v. EPA,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 59
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol59/iss3/8