The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision involving the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions has reignited a court battle between the state of California and the nation’s top automakers.

On April 2, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, found that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions of motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. The plaintiff, the state of Massachusetts, and 11 other states had brought the court action against the Environmental Protection Agency, which claimed such authority did not exist. Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 127 S. Ct. 1438 (2007).

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