Attorney Matthew Pawa targets top U.S. utilities with global warming lawsuit
Last fall, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against five major electric utilities which sought reductions in the companies' greenhouse gas emissions. Now the attorneys behind that lawsuit -- representing eight states and several environmental groups -- are pushing to have the case reinstated. During today's OnPoint, Matthew Pawa, an attorney representing the Open Space Institute in the case, explains why federal judges need to act ahead of Congress and the White House on global warming. He discusses the track record of other climate change cases moving in federal court, and why utilities need to move faster with carbon dioxide reductions.