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Supreme Court hears arguments in global warming lawsuit




The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia.
The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia.
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A case being heard by the Supreme Court starting Tuesday will establish whether states and individuals can use the court system to stop energy companies from releasing carbon emissions which contribute to global climate change. In the absence of federal legislation to cap carbon emissions, six states, including California, are suing five energy companies, claiming that they are creating a "public nuisance" by emitting high levels of greenhouse gases. Professor Ann Carlson of the Center on Climate Change at UCLA School of Law joins us to explain what this case could mean for environmental law.