Marten Law: Solicitor General Sides With Utilities, Asking Supreme Court to Block Common Law Climate Change Lawsuit

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC “In a brief filed last August, the Solicitor General has urged the Supreme Court to accept review of the Second Circuit's decision in Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. ( AEP ),” writes Steven Jones. “In AEP , the Second Circuit...

More on the American Electric Power Decision

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut, No. 10-174, 540 U.S. ___ (2011), the Court reversed...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Prepares for 2012 Program Review

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On Tuesday, October 11, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held one of a series of stakeholder learning sessions devoted to possible program reforms. Tuesday's session focused on electricity...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Study of Environmental Impact Statements Reveals Varying Treatment of Climate Change Impacts

By Patrick Woolsey, Columbia Law School, Center for Climate Change Law, Intern Federal agencies have begun to incorporate consideration of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions into the environmental impact statements (EISs) which they are required to produce under the National Environmental...