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April 6, 2007

Apr. 9: Turning Up the Heat: Free public forum on U.S. Supreme Court greenhouse gases decision

Supreme Court reasserts EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases caused by motor vehicles

University of Oregon law faculty experts will discuss the April 2 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that reasserts the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases produced by motor vehicles.

The free public forum will be held  on Monday, April 9 in Room 110, Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. on the UO campus in Eugene.
The decision does not require the government to regulate greenhouse gases, but it instructs the EPA to reconsider its refusal to regulate emissions and encourages the agency to heed scientific evidence.
If the agency chooses not to regulate motor vehicle emissions, the ruling requires that the EPA provide more sufficient justification than what the court calls its current “laundry list” of reasons.
John Bonine was formerly an associate general counsel for air quality for the EPA. 

Svitlana Kravchenko is an expert in climate change issues who teaches a course on global environmental challenges.

Hari Osofsky is an expert on climate change litigation. She
assisted with the Inuit petition to the Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights; the petition was an effort to stop violations of the
Inuit’s human rights caused by global warming, which in large part are fueled by greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Mary C. Wood  is an expert on the politicization of agency regulation in this area and the viability of judicial review. She is exploring common law claims brought by states and tribes against the federal government for its failure to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
INFO: (541) 346-3845

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