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Supreme Court to consider whether EPA must regulate CO2 auto emissions

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] said Monday that it would consider whether the Clean Air Act [text] requires the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] to regulate "greenhouse gas" emissions from automobiles. The court granted certiorari in Massachusetts v. EPA [docket], an appeal [JURIST report; NET press release] by 12 states, three cities and several environmental groups, arguing that the EPA erred in concluding that Congress did not give the agency the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] denied a request to review the case in August, in a 4-3 decision, and earlier it ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 that the US government does not have to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks. Reuters has more.

The court also granted certiorari in these cases:

The cases will be argued and decided in the next Court term that begins in October. Also on Monday, the court denied certiorari in several cases [AP report] involving the constitutionality of state-issued license plates bearing the anti-abortion message "Choose Life." Read the court's full Order List [PDF text]. SCOTUSblog has additional coverage.

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