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The rule of five

The rule of five
making climate history at the Supreme Court

  • ISBN: 9780674238121
  • Editorial: Harvard University Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Cambridge (Mass). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 22 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 358
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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Resumen

When the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, the decision was immediately hailed as a landmark. But this was the farthest thing from anyone’s mind when Joe Mendelson, an idealistic lawyer working on a shoestring budget for an environmental organization no one had heard of, decided to press his quixotic case.

In October 1999, Mendelson hand-delivered a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from new cars. The Clean Air Act had authorized the EPA to regulate “any air pollutant” that could reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health. But could something as ordinary as carbon dioxide really be considered a harmful pollutant? And even if the EPA had the authority to regulate emissions, could it be forced to do so?

Environmentalists urged Mendelson to stand down. Thinking of his young daughters and determined to fight climate change, he pressed on—and brought Sierra Club, Greenpeace, NRDC, and twelve state attorneys general led by Massachusetts to his side. This unlikely group—they called themselves the Carbon Dioxide Warriors—challenged the Bush administration and took the EPA to court.

The Rule of Five tells the story of their unexpected triumph. We see how accidents, infighting, luck, superb lawyering, and the arcane practices of the Supreme Court collided to produce a legal miracle. An acclaimed advocate, Richard Lazarus reveals the personal dynamics of the justices and dramatizes the workings of the Court. The final ruling, by a razor-thin 5–4 margin, made possible important environmental safeguards which the Trump administration now seeks to unravel.

Prelude
1. Joe
2. Rocking the Boat
3. A Turd
4. An Agency Misstep
5. The Carbon Dioxide Warriors
6. Weakness in Numbers
7. Three Judges
8. Completely Confused
9. A Clarion Dissent
10. Hail Mary Pass
11. “Holy #@$#!”
12. The Lure of the Lectern
13. Moots
14. Seventy-Four Inches
15. A Hot Bench
16. Red Lights
17. The Conference
18. A Bow-Tied Jedi Master
19. Two Boxes
20. Making History
Epilogue

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