Obama's administration is opposing common law global warming suits?
Author: Luke A. Wake
It is surprising to see that the Obama Administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the petitioners in AEP v. Connecticut. They are asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Second Circuit decision permitting Connecticut and number of other plaintiffs to sue energy companies for their emission of carbon. PLF will be taking a very similar position in support of the petitioners, as we have consistently opposed such suits on the ground that global warming litigants lack standing, and that they raise non-justiciable political questions.
It would seem that that the Obama Administration's opposition to these suits validates our contention that the international problem of climate change is best addressed by the elected branches of government. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will take up the this case to resolve the important questions raised. Otherwise environmental activists will force our courts to set our national global warming policies, possibly frustrating the preferred approach of our elected representatives.
What to read next
Originally published by Investor’s Business Daily October 12, 2018. Although Congress deserves its share of criticism for the myriad rules governing our lives, the dozens (if not hundreds) of administrative … ›
Originally published by Investor Business Daily October 12, 2018. Regulatory reform is a hot topic nowadays, and no wonder. The size and expense of the federal administrative state are staggering. … ›
Yesterday, PLF submitted the latest in a series of public comment letters regarding amendments to the Local Coastal Program in Marin County, CA. Local governments situated on California’s coast may prepare … ›