The Obama administration's stance regarding a 2004 lawsuit filed by a group of states and New York City over power plant emissions has drawn the ire of environmental groups, but the White House's position is more likely to result in a better emissions policy, according to this opinion article. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court on Aug. 26, the White House argues that upcoming regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency will address the so-called "public nuisance" caused by smokestack emissions, thus eliminating the need for claims under common law. The EPA's carbon rules have their weaknesses, but they are preferable than a "patchwork of judicial mandates," the article added.

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