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Second Circuit ruling against utilities: Activist AGs rejoice

From Legal NewsLine.com, "State AGs hail ruling in greenhouse gas case, statements from the politically aspiring attorneys general reacting to the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling allowing federal public nuisance suits against power generators.

  • California Attorney General Jerry Brown: "It's highly significant that the federal court has affirmed the right of states to challenge the greenhouse gas emissions generated by coal-fired power plants. The time has now come for Congress to enact long overdue climate protection legislation."
  • Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal: "Our goal is not money damages, but a change in company practices to stem the pollution and safeguard our environment and economy."

The National Association of Manufactures (my employers), the U.S. Chamber, and other major business trade associations filed an amicus brief in support of the utilities, which you can read here.

I also have a post at Shopfloor.org on the ruling, identifiying the same bad implications  as Michael Krauss did below. My thought: "The United States is only right now at the start of an economic recovery -- perhaps. That recovery will require expanded energy production and business investment. But if you're the head of a company that wants to invest for the future -- in the process creating jobs and wealth -- and you find that self-aggrandizing attorneys general and anti-growth environmentalists can simply litigate you into paralysis, well, the hell with it."

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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