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High court to hear case over power plant emissions

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Eight states have filed a lawsuit seeking to control carbon dioxide emissions
  • The issue is whether courts or government regulators should have the final say

Washington (CNN) -- Another ongoing dispute between electric utilities and states over power plant emissions and global warming will be taken up by the Supreme Court.

The justices announced Monday they will hear arguments over whether to stop a lawsuit by eight states seeking to control carbon dioxide emissions by private power companies.

At issue is whether the federal courts can intervene over establishing targeted pollution emissions, or whether government regulators should have the final say. Environmental groups and some scientists have argued that carbon emissions from burning of fossil fuels like coal and petroleum have contributed to higher global temperatures and unhealthy air.

Arguments in the case will be heard next spring with a ruling by June.

The case is American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut (10-274).