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U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument: American Electric Power Company v. Connecticut

Washington, DC
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Supreme Court took up the issue of global warming in the case of American Electric Power Company versus Connecticut. The case focused on the ability of states and private parties to sue utilities for contributing to global warming, and how federal law would be applied.

The Court will decide if a coalition of states and New York City can sue the nation’s five largest power companies to force them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor recused herself and did not participate in this case. 

Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 11am (ET)

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