A coalition of “18 states, two cities and 11 environmental groups” has fikled a lawsuit against the Bush administration “to force it to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked what justices called inaction on global warming.” In April 2007, the Supreme Court said “that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is a pollutant subject to the Clean Air Act” and the court “directed the EPA to determine if carbon dioxide emissions, linked to global warming, endanger public health and welfare.”
The 18 states, two cities and 11 environmental groups said in a court filing set for Wednesday that the EPA has not issued a decision on regulation. Their court filing seeks to compel the EPA to act within 60 days.
“The EPA’s failure to act in the face of these incontestable dangers is a shameful dereliction of duty,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
The Sierra Club, which is also part of the lawsuit, accused the Bush administration of favoring industry. “While this administration has done everything possible to make a mockery of the rule of law in this country, it’s still stunning that they refuse to yield even to the high court,” said Sierra Club climate counsel David Bookbinder.
The plaintiffs in court action include “attorneys general from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia, plus the city of New York, and the mayor and city council of Baltimore.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair, noted that EPA administrator Johnson has “had nearly a year to respond to the court but “now, instead of action, we get more foot-dragging.””
“Time is not on our side when it comes to avoiding dangerous climate change. This letter makes it clear that Mr. Johnson and the Bush administration are not on our side, either,” Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement.