Bloomberg BNA – The U.S. Supreme Court won't address the Environmental Protection Agency's fundamental authority to regulate greenhouse gases during oral arguments Feb. 24, but lawsuits challenging the permitting requirements could provide an opportunity for the court to clarify the agency's authority.
A panel advising the Obama administration on carbon dioxide regulations is deadlocked over what pollution-cutting technology power plants, factories and refineries should be required to use starting in 2011.
President Barack Obama, whose inaugural address made climate change a second-term priority, could bypass Congress and implement much of his environmental agenda unilaterally through regulations and executive action.
Environmental groups are stepping up pressure on President Barack Obama to issue the first greenhouse-gas limits for power plants as the utility industry seeks to weaken the standards before a deadline next month.
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that will mean new limits on class-action suits, ruled that Wal- Mart Stores Inc. can’t be sued for discrimination on behalf of potentially a million female workers.