Join us for a Zoom book discussion with author Richard Lazarus, Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on environmental law and Supreme Court decision-making. Brian Ross will interview Lazarus about The Rule of Five. This is the gripping inside story of how an unlikely team of lawyers and climate activists overcame conservative opposition – and their own divisions – to win the most important environmental case ever brought before the Supreme Court.
Decided in 2007 by a thin 5-4 margin, Massachusetts vs. EPA ruled that that EPA must regulate carbon dioxide emissions as part of the Clean Air Act. Lazarus recounts the eight-year crusade of an idealistic lawyer to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from new cars. Joe Mendelson eventually enlisted the support of the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, NRDC, and twelve state attorneys general. Their unexpected triumph laid the groundwork for many subsequent environmental safeguards since.
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