Upcoming global warming case could be most important yet

Constitution defender David Rivkin takes on unjust EPA regulations in D.C. talk

Published on April 05, 2011

by Ed Hassell

(OfficialWire)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA)
OfficialWire PR News Bureau

Former White House lawyer David B. Rivkin, Jr. will speak about the next landmark Supreme Court case regarding climate issues, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, on April 13 at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

The program runs on the sixth floor of the Environmental Law Institute from noon to 2 p.m. with speakers beginning promptly at 12:15 p.m.

On April 19, 2011, the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether states and private parties can sue power companies under federal common law for contributing to global warming and compel them to cap CO2 emissions. Many are calling it most important environmental case David Rivkinsince Massachusetts v. EPA. (2007).

The case was originally brought in 2004 by various states, New York City and several land trusts against certain utilities, arguing that the utilities were creating a public nuisance because they were emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Three similar cases have been brought around the country, but none have made it to trial before this one.

Mr. Rivkin is a staunch defender of the constitution and has argued against unfair EPA regulations in a high profile case involving Texas. Other panelists include: Richard Bress, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP; Eric Glitzenstein, Partner, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal; James May, Professor of Law at Widener University. The event will be moderated by Bruce Myers, senior attorney, Environmental Law Institute.

According to the ELI website, the panel will discuss and debate major issues at play including “critical questions of constitutional standing and application of the “political question doctrine” as well as whether a federal common law cause of action to cap climate emissions exists—and, if so, whether EPA’s actions to date on climate change have effectively displaced it.”

About David Rivkin

David Rivkin is an attorney in private practice and partner at Baker & Hostetler in Washington, D.C., who has had a lengthy career distinguished by service in the White House during two presidents’ terms, in the U.S. Department of Justice and in the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as foreign and defense policy. He is a visiting fellow at the Nixon Center, contributing editor at the National Review, and a member of the Advisory Council at National Interest magazine. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He also represents foreign governments and corporate entities on legal, political, defense, economy and public relations matters.

For more information, visit www.davidrivkin.com or contact:

David B. Rivkin, Jr.
drivkin@bakerlaw.com
202.861.1731
Suite 1100
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5304

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