18 Apr '11, 7pm

Supreme Court set to weigh in on whether we can hold companies responsible for climate change

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is set to rule on American Electric Power vs. Connecticut, a case where the state of Connecticut is suing a power company for contributing to global warming. Trying to research the legal details of this case is making me cry, so I hope you people appreciate the following bullet points, which will hopefully spare you having to do the same: At issue, big picture: Can states and private entities sue utilities for contributing to climate change? At issue, smaller pictures: Do states and private entities have a leg to stand on when complaining about climate change? (We'd say yes, but we're hardly lawyers, see above.) Should this be handled under federal common law, or by states? If it is the provenance of federal common law, is this the right part of federal law to sue under? (Supreme Court cases tend to be painfully specific.) Also, "whether claims ...

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