Appeals court ends Alaskan village's federal common law fight
A federal appeals court held today that an Alaskan village can't sue oil companies and utilities for damages associated with climate change under federal common law. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a loss to the Alaskan village of Kivalina, saying it cannot make "public nuisance" claims under federal common law. The Clean Air Act and Obama administration actions intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have displaced any such claims, the court concluded.