Amici Curiae Brief of Conservation Groups in American Electric Power v. Connecticut
35 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011
Date Written: March 18, 2011
Filed on behalf of three conservation organizations in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, this brief seeks to inform the United States Supreme Court about well-established Article III and prudential standing principles in environmental cases and how those principles should be applied in a federal common law context challenging the injuries caused to States by climate change. Specifically, the brief argues that the concrete, albeit widely shared, injuries that are causally linked to substantial contributors' greenhouse gas emissions readily satisfy the threshold standing requirements espoused by the Court's precedents, particularly in view of the limited nature of the the Court’s inquiry in this common law cause of action at the pleadings stage.
Keywords: Climate change, federal common law, cause of action, Article III standing, prudential standing, United States Supreme Court, greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide
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