Climate Change Litigation Since Mass v. EPA

March 20, 2008

David B. Rivkin, Jr., Darin R. Bartram, Lee A. Casey

Although Congress failed to pass climate change legislation in 2007, the year was nevertheless highly signifi cant for climate change litigation. Many courts are increasingly willing to interpret existing statutes (particularly the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act) to require federal agencies to address some aspect of global warming. At the same time, they generally have proven far more reluctant to frame judicial climate change relief under federal or state common law nuisance theories. Such claims have largely been dismissed on standing or justiciability grounds....

Climate Change Litigation Since Mass v. EPA