Split High Court Presses Industry, EPA Over Carbon Rules

Law360, New York (February 24, 2014, 7:33 PM EST) -- A starkly divided U.S. Supreme Court took turns grilling industry, state and federal attorneys during oral arguments Monday over greenhouse gas emissions rules for vehicles being able to trigger similar requirements for stationary sources, suggesting the case will come down to one or two votes.

The four justices on the court's liberal bloc appeared firmly on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's side and the most conservative justices signaled support for the position of state and industry challengers, but neither Chief Justice John Roberts nor Justice Anthony Kennedy gave much away during 96 minutes of arguments.

Several industry and state petitioners are...

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