Climate Change Returns to the Supreme Court: The Issues and Stakes in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law
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Lisa Heinzerling, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
James Coleman, Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
On Feb. 28, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, the latest legal challenge to the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The central issue in the case is the scope of the agency’s authority to control greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, and whether EPA regulations may rely upon or require broader changes in the utility sector to reduce emissions.
In addressing this issue, the Court has been asked to consider the“major questions” doctrine, and a resulting decision could have far-reaching implications for climate policy, environmental law and the continued vitality of the federal administrative state. Please join us for this one-hour webinar in which Professors Heinzerling and Coleman will unpack the legal issues confronting the Court, and their implications for climate policy and administrative law.