16 March 2016

Climate Change Initiatives and the Supreme Court

For the week of March 20, 2016

University of Minnesota Law Professor Hari Osofsky discusses the recent Supreme Court decision that could limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce carbon emissions; she also discusses the late Justice Antonin Scalia and his impact on key environmental cases.

  • Part 1

    Part 1
    (1:12) How the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions; (5:05) Electricity, transportation and industry represent the largest sources of carbon pollution; (6:12) How states view the Clean Power Plan; (7:34) The SCOTUS opinion on the Clean Power Plan; (8:27) The case will appear in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in June
  • Part 2

    Part 2
    (:34) The importance of the Clean Power Plan to the Obama Administration’s climate change initiatives; (3:33) The US’s nationally determined contribution that was agreed upon in the Paris climate change negotiations; (6:16) Minnesota’s commitment to the Clean Power Plan; (9:15) Justice Scalia’s legacy on environmental cases; (13:05) Other environmental cases currently waiting a Supreme Court decision