19 Apr '11, 9am

Why the Supreme Court should let states sue this country's big polluters

Today the Supreme Court hears oral argument in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut – a case in which six States and other plaintiffs are trying to put emissions limits on America’s five largest greenhouse gas polluters. The States are invoking their right, recognized by the Supreme Court more than a century ago, to seek relief in federal court when polluters in other jurisdictions send dangerous air or water pollution across state lines. The suit charges five gigantic electric power companies – American Electric Power, Southern Company, Duke Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Xcel Energy – with contributing to a massive “public nuisance” by knowingly emitting 650 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, despite having the technology and know-how to significantly reduce their emissions. All by themselves, these five huge companies account for 25 percent of t...

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