Appeals Court Won't Rehear GHG-Rule Challenge; Supreme Court Next

"A federal appeals court today rejected an industry-backed request that it reconsider its decision to uphold Obama administration greenhouse gas regulations."

"But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was split on the issue with two judges writing opinions saying that the court should have reheard the challenges to the four interlinked rules.

The arguments made in the opinions by Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown -- both President George W. Bush appointees -- will no doubt be seized upon by industry groups and states that oppose the rules when they seek Supreme Court review on the matter.

As a result, today's decision brought some comfort to all sides involved in the litigation with environmentalists at least pleased that the court voted against rehearing on a 6-2 vote."

Lawrence Hurley reports for Greenwire December 20, 2012.

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