Show Notes: ‘Carbon Dioxide Warriors’ at the Supreme Court

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Richard Lazarus
S2 E11: ‘Carbon Dioxide Warriors’ at the Supreme Court

Harvard Law School professor Richard Lazarus discusses how environmentalists made history with the U.S. Supreme Court case Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Show Notes: ‘Carbon Dioxide Warriors’ at the Supreme Court

Richard Lazarus

Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources Law, Supreme Court advocacy and torts.

He is the author of “The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court,” which tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency. In that 2007 decision, the Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-4 margin, that the Clean Air Act gives the EPA the authority regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gasses. Lazarus’ book tells the inside story of how an unlikely coalition of states and environmental groups were able to bring this case to court, and unexpectedly prevail, resulting in a historic environmental ruling.

Lazarus has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 14 of those cases. His primary areas of legal scholarship are environmental and natural resources law, with particular emphasis on constitutional law and the Supreme Court.

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