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Frisbees, Flatulence and the Impact of Scalia’s Vacancy on Important Environmental Cases

Torrence photoBy Allison A. TorrenceSCOTUS photo

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia undoubtedly had a significant impact on environmental law during his 30 years on the High Court. Known for his strong opinions and quotable prose, he often showcased both in opinions on environmental issues. One of my personal favorite quotes from Justice Scalia came in his strident dissent in the landmark GHG ruling of Massachusetts v. EPA. In his critique of the majority opinion, he argued that the majority’s reasoning would lead to the conclusion “that everything airborne, from Frisbees to flatulence, qualifies as an ‘air pollutant.’” Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497, 558 (2007).

TAGS: Air, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas, Water

PEOPLE: Allison A. Torrence