By: Trevor Gopnik
16th November, 2016
On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sat en banc to hear oral argument in West Virginia v. EPA. The outcome of the case, which will almost certainly be appealed to the Supreme Court, could determine the Obama administration’s legacy on climate change action: federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Members of the public, including the author, began lining up before 7:00 AM seeking a seat in the courtroom or one of the two overflow rooms with live video feeds. Oral argument started promptly at 9:30 AM and continued with only a short break until 6:00 PM.