States File Lawsuit Against EPA to Move on Global Warming

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.

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4 Responses to States File Lawsuit Against EPA to Move on Global Warming

  1. Janis says:

    I’m so happy California is part of this, even as much as I still can’t believe I’m juxtaposing the words “governor” and “schwarzenegger” in daily speech.

    “Avoid” cilmate change, my backside. We’re in the realm of mitigating it at this point.

  2. Janis

    At least Arnold is semi on the right side of something – but I can’t wait until the day he’s out of the Governor’s mansion.

  3. bjerryberg says:

    Do not play Gore’s game–the Hedge Fund Manager Gore’s game–the same man who threw the 2000 election to the mentally ill GW Bush–to the great benefit of his rather large bottom and his even larger bottom line.

    Al Gore is green, alright–as long as the green appears on currency and is deposited in his bank account.

    Gore makes Tony Rezko look honest.

    Political and financial prostitutes ought not to have a say in the 2008.

    It is not accidental that Gore Rhymes with Whore.

    I am certainly glad to hear that Barry Obama considers himself the very first Saint to ever emerge from Chicago politics.

    And I am the Easter Bunny.

    (And everybody in the political world knows about Emil Jones, and the blah, blah, blah corruption scandals that dent Sen. Obama’s media anointed claim to sainthood.)

    C’mon, folks.

    Buying a few small state caucuses does not make one presidential timber.

    Whether you like Senator Obama’s rhetoric or not –know this–the money and muscle that backs him now–against Hillary–would never dream of backing him November.

  4. bjerryberg

    This post has nothing to do with Al Gore or Barack Obama.