• The Supreme Court Opens the Global Warming Floodgates
  • May 30, 2007 | Author: Linda H. Bochert
  • Law Firm: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP - Madison Office
  • "A well-documented rise in global temperatures has coincided with a significant increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Respected scientists believe the two trends are related. For when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, it acts like the ceiling of a greenhouse, trapping solar energy and retarding the escape of reflected heat." These are the first three sentences of what might be viewed as the most influential environmental court decision ever: the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts, et al. v. U.S. E.P.A.