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Vol. 43 No. 2

Channing J. Martin is chair of the Environmental Law Group at Williams Mullen in its Richmond, Virginia, office. He is the Section’s budget officer.

During its 2010 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a blockbuster decision in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, 564 U.S.__ , 131 S. Ct. 2527 (2011), holding that the Clean Air Act displaces the ability of courts to impose federal common law remedies to address greenhouse gas emissions. Similar headlines are unlikely to be generated by the two environmental cases that will be heard by the Court during its 2011 term—Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 10-1062, and PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana, No. 10-218but the decisions in those cases will nevertheless have important implications for environmental, energy, and resource practitioners.

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The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: United States and International Aspects