The Significance of Massachusetts v. EPA

Volume 93

93 Va. L. Rev. Online 53
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Last month, the Supreme Court handed down its decision inMassachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency(“Mass. v. EPA”), its first case dealing with climate change. The decision was an enormous, if narrow, victory for environmentalists: it legitimized their concerns about global warming and their claims that the administration was not doing what it should to address it. Whether the decision was a great victory for the environment remains to be seen, but it will affect the policy debate for years to come.

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