"Court Hears Industry Challenges To Carbon Pollution Rules This Week"
After Massachusetts v. EPA, where the Supreme Court held that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, EPA has carried out its responsibility to control these harmful pollutants, with higher fuel economy standards that have rejuvenated the auto industry and technology standards for new power plants. “EPA’s common sense solutions have been attacked in a flood of litigation by some of the largest polluters in our nation,” EDF explains. Beginning Tuesday, “the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear two days of arguments” on four cases involving challenges to those rules.
“The list of petitioners includes coal-burning utilities, coal companies and affiliated trade associations, oil companies, trade groups for steel, cement and homebuilders, agribusiness interests, organizations that deny the science of climate change and Republican politicians connected with the Tea Party,” InsideClimate News reports.