The purpose of this case note is to explore the Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. Part II provides the historical background of global warming, related legislation, the enactment of the Clean Air Act and later amendments, as well as relevant case holdings as to judicial review of agency decisions and implementation of the Clean Air Act. Part III sets out the operative facts of the Massachusetts v. EPA case beginning with the initial rulemaking petition, through the decision of the district court of appeals, and describes the facts as presented to the Supreme Court. Part IV outlines the Court's majority and dissenting opinions. Part V examines the legal impact, and broader societal impact of the Court's decision. Finally, Part VI concludes this case note.
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, Exploring the Merits of Greenhouse Gas Regulation,
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