Hot Air Rises Through the Courts


By: Rees Alexander and Elizabeth Ewing

3rd June, 2014

The next environmental case to be decided by the Supreme Court involves a dispute with colossal consequence. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has argued that the challenged rules are necessary to combat global climate change, which has been called the “most pressing environmental issue of our time.” Meanwhile, several states have argued that the EPA’s interpretation require the total number of annual permit applications to multiply by over 400-fold and would cost the public and private sectors over $193 billion in just two and a half years.

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