Supreme Court to take on debate over global warming prevention

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Global warming will be the focus of a battle heading to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. 22News found out how this case is affecting people here in Western Massachusetts.

“The weather’s bizarre. Plants are acting strangely. Everything’s out of whack,” Cora Gaulin of Northampton told 22News.

Global warming is a growing concern that many believe can be solved through public awareness and action, but organizations differ over what that action should be. That’s the debate set to start in front of the Supreme Court on Monday.

According to federal regulators, there are about 7,000 power plants operating across the country. The Obama Administration wants to ensure they are all producing clean energy.

At issue is whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the right to tighten emission standards. Energy companies would be required to evaluate ways to reduce those heat-trapping gases that are believed to lead to global warming. Conservative groups argue that’s a misuse of EPA authority. Many people told 22News the U.S. should look at how other country’s are preventing further air pollution.

“Germany and Denmark can get a quarter of their power from the sun. Today’s a cloudy day. Almost every day is cloudy in Denmark, but they manage to pull it off,” said Steven Solomon of Northampton.

In Beijing, smog was so thick, schools were advised to close. Air pollution was so bad in another part of China, steel facilities began to close and the use of coal was reduced. Some people believe every energy source comes with setbacks.

“I know a lot of these alternative sources like nuclear power can be quite dangerous so I guess, I think that’s the direction we will go. I just don’t think the technology’s there for it to be done safely quite yet,” said Dominic Macklin of Manchester, England. He said he’s noticed global warming effects in the form of unusual floods in the southern part of his country.

Most people agreed that it’s never too late to stop further effects of global warming.

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