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Supreme Court’s CO2 Decision to Influence Wide Range of Lawsuits

1:44 PM MDT | April 18, 2007 | Kara Sissell

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reject EPA’s argument that the agency is not authorized by the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from automobile tailpipes. The court also ruled that states have a right to sue EPA over CO2 emissions from automobiles, and that CO2 is considered a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Appeal upheld: EPA has authority. The court’s ruling is a rejection of the Bush administration’s position on all three issues, and handed environmental groups a broad and, for many, a surprising victory in the...

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