Category Archives: Climate Litigation

What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles … Continue reading

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Scientists’ op-ed supporting EPA against legal challenge to Endangerment Finding

On February 28 and 29 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard two days of oral argument on legal challenges to four rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in connection with the agency's Endangerment Finding on … Continue reading

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DC District Court of Appeals rejects bid to stay EPA GHG regulations

On Friday, December 10, the DC District Court of Appeals rejected a bid by business groups, right-wing legal organizations, and the state of Texas to delay EPA greenhouse gas rules until legal challenges against the regulation are resolved.  EPA regulation … Continue reading

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MacCracken federal court Declaration defending EPA Endangerment Finding

Many of the legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases have sought to undermine EPA’s reliance in its Endangerment Finding on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment reports.  Dr. Mike MacCracken, Chief Scientist … Continue reading

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