20 Jun '11, 9pm

This morning's Supreme Court decision is undoubtedly a setback for the environment. Are there any silver linings?

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress . Monday morning's Supreme Court decision in American Electric Power Co. vs. Connecticut [PDF] is undoubtedly a setback for the environment. The plaintiffs, which included several states and the city of New York, sought to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions under a legal theory known as "nuisance " which would allow federal courts to intervene against five of the nation's worst polluters, and the justices voted eight to zero to deny federal judges that power (Justice Sonia Sotomayor was recused). Yet there are two silver linings for environmentalists in the opinion. One is the court's entirely sensible conclusion that the best environmental policy is made by people with actual expertise in climate science: It is altogether fitting that Congress designated an expert agency, here, EPA, as best suited to serve as primary regulator of greenhouse ga...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-06-20-silver-lin...

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