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Alaskan village wants rehearing of Ninth Circuit's global warming decision

Author: John O'Brien, Legal Newsline [USA], Published on: 9 October 2012

An Alaskan village that claims global warming is eroding its shoreline is asking for a rehearing of their case against several power companies it says are to blame. The village of Kivalina has filed a motion for a rehearing of a September decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit…A three-judge panel has decided the village's case is preempted by the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act. The residents of Kivalina are a federally recognized tribe. They sued two dozen companies in 2008, alleging public nuisance on the parts of the defendants. They said climate change has resulted in the erosion of their island. [refers to American Electric Power Company, American Electric Power Services Corporation, BP America, BP Products North America, Chevron Corporation, Chevron U.S.A., ConocoPhillips Company, DTE Energy Company, Duke Energy Corporation, Dynegy Holdings, Inc., Edison International, ExxonMobil Corporation, GenOn Energy, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, Peabody Energy Corporation, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Shell Oil Company, The AES Corporation, The Southern Company & Xcel Energy]

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