2011 News Releases

Supreme Court rejects added greenhouse gas regulation

Release Date: Jun 20, 2011
TOPEKA – (June 20, 2011) – The United States Supreme Court has rejected an effort by northeastern states to further expand the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions through common nuisance lawsuits, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The Supreme Court today sided with Kansas and 22 other states, which had argued that nuisance lawsuits regulating greenhouse gases are preempted by federal statutory law. In February, Kansas and the other states had filed a brief in support of the position the Supreme Court ultimately took.

“This is a victory for the kind of regulatory certainty that can encourage investment and create jobs by growing our economy,” Schmidt said. “It’s now clear that further investment in energy-based sectors of our economy will not be subject to still more regulation by creative litigation.”

No justice dissented from the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case. The case is American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut.

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