Federal Agency Actions Following the Supreme Court's Climate Change Decision: A Chronology Metadata

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  • Main Title Federal Agency Actions Following the Supreme Court's Climate Change Decision: A Chronology


  • Author: Meltz, Robert
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Legislative Attorney/Acting Section Research Manager


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2010-12-23


  • English


  • Content Description: On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court rendered one of its most important environmental decisions of all time. In Massachusetts v. EPA, the Court held that greenhouse gases (GHGs), widely viewed as contributing to climate change, constitute "air pollutants" as that phrase is used in the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a result, said the Court, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had improperly denied a petition seeking CAA regulation of GHGs from new motor vehicles by saying the agency lacked authority over such emissions. This report presents a chronology of major federal agency actions, mainly by EPA, in the wake of Massachusetts v. EPA.
  • Physical Description: 10 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Greenhouse gases
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Air pollution
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Air pollution control


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: R41103
  • Accession or Local Control No: R41103_2010Dec23
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc491528