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Salon duc Tape – Implications of the SCOTUS “West Virginia v. EPA” Ruling

October 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

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Salon duc Tape – Implications of the SCOTUS “West Virginia v. EPA” Ruling – October 14th, 2022

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How could this ruling affect future federal regulation, and what can be done in response?

At the salon on Friday, October 14th, Martha Kinsella and Mekela Panditharatne of the Brennan Center for Justice will discuss the Supreme Court’s recent “West Virginia v. EPA” ruling.  That ruling, issued in June of this year, restricts the manner in which the EPA can regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  In so holding, the Court announced a new standard for evaluating federal regulatory action—the Major Questions Doctrine. This presentation will provide an overview of the case and its implications for federal regulation of greenhouse gases. The speakers will also focus on broader potential consequences for federal regulation more generally, provide historical context for the decision, and discuss some potential pathways for reform.

Martha Kinsella and Mekela Panditharatne co-authored an article titled “Supreme Court Drastically Limits EPA’s Efforts to Mitigate Climate Crisis,” which would be good (but not mandatory!) background reading for this salon.  Ms. Kinsella is a senior counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.  She works on government reform, voting rights, money in politics, government ethics, and regulatory issues. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Kinsella worked at the National Labor Relations Board, where she served first as a policy advisor and then as a trial attorney conducting enforcement litigation.  Ms. Panditharatne also serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.  Panditharatne was previously an attorney with Earthjustice, where she engaged in a wide range of federal litigation and policy work. She served as counsel for Native American Tribes challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of the Line 3 pipeline and was counsel for the NAACP in a lawsuit seeking stronger federal standards for lead in water.

Salon duc Tape, a public forum sponsored by the Northern Colorado Alliance for a Livable Future, meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 — 9:00 p.m. via Zoom.  We will continue meeting virtually until COVID-19 ceases to be a serious threat to public health.  You will need to register in advance for this salon here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information – including a new link – about joining the salon.