Today’s CNNMoney column looks at Massachusetts v EPA, the climate change case to be heard next month by the U.S. Supreme Court. States, cities, environmentalists, native Alaskans and a handful of businesses (including the Aspen ski resort) are asking the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. But big industries–autos, utilities, oil and gas–are, not surprisingly, taking the other side.
NEW YORK (Fortune) — As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to take up the issue of climate change, some unusual alliances are forming – and corporate America finds itself on both sides of the debate.
The case before the high court, known as Massachusetts v. EPA, turns on a question that, surprisingly, remains unanswered after seven years of legal wrangling: Does the U.S. EPA have the authority under the 36-year-old Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide as an air pollutant?
It sounds simple, but like the rest of the scientific, legal and political debate about global warming, it’s not. Nor is the response from big business.
Read the column here.