Since the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007, following the mid-term elections in November 2006, global warming and other environmental issues have become political priorities. Businesses, recognizing the change and the market opportunities it signals, have started investing heavily in green technologies and environmental strategies.
Meanwhile, thousands of leading international scientists contributed to a comprehensive report released in February 2007 that confirmed that humans are responsible for the accelerated rate of global warming occurring today, and the trend is likely unstoppable.
During the same period, former Vice President Al Gore gained worldwide recognition as an environmental leader. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and his documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, won two Academy Awards.
Another Legal Victory for the Environment
In a second case, Environmental Defense vs. Duke Energy, the Supreme Court ruled that industrial smokestacks and power plants must meet today's cost-effective pollution control standards when facilities are refurbished.
"This is a huge win for clean air,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense. “The Court ruled unanimously that companies have to use the latest cost effective technology to reduce pollution when they upgrade their plants. This is not a legal abstraction—it means we'll have cleaner air and less childhood asthma. We're very proud of our work in this case—it's going to make a real difference in people's lives."
To learn the details of this historic Supreme Court ruling, see Page 1.
Background on Massachusetts vs. EPA:
- Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Case on Global Warming
- U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Global Warming Case
- U.S. Supreme Court Takes First Steps in Landmark Environmental Case
- Supreme Court Rules EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gases – Kathy Gill at U.S. Politics: Current Events
- Supreme Court Rules EPA Can Regulate Vehicle Emissions – Robert Longley at U.S. Gov Info/Resources