Insurers Get New Weapon For Global Warming Coverage Rows

By Bibeka Shrestha (June 27, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit's Tuesday decision upholding a determination by regulators that greenhouse gas emissions threaten human health could be used as ammo for insurers' argument that pollution exclusions rule out coverage of global warming suits, experts say.

The appeals court upheld various steps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took to reduce greenhouse emissions after the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2007 that GHGs were air pollutants subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

It's likely the insurance industry will point to the D.C. Circuit's decision to bolster its argument that pollution exclusions in commercial general liability policies bar coverage for...

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