19 Apr '11, 4pm

Why the Supreme Court should let states sue the country’s biggest carbon polluters

Today, the Supreme Court hears oral argument in American Electric Power vs. 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 ...

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