States are Suing the EPA Over Global Warming Action
A group of attorneys general is bringing the EPA back to court to force them to comply with a Supreme Court ruling requiring them to regulate the gases that are causing global warming.
There are 18 states forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to follow a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush administration for inaction on global warming, reported the New York Times.
The Supreme Court decided a year ago that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act and ordered the EPA to take action, reported ABC News. Instead, the EPA has done nothing.
''The EPA's failure to act in the face of these incontestable dangers is a shameful dereliction of duty,'' Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said, reported the New York Times.
In last year's decision, the Supreme Court ruled the EPA has the authority to regulate emissions from new cars and trucks under the Clean Air Act. Yet the reasons the EPA gave for declining to do so were insufficient.
EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar said the Supreme Court required the agency to evaluate how it would regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and other vehicles but set no deadline. The EPA plans to evaluate from a broader sense how best to regulate all greenhouse gas emissions, not only those from vehicles, Shradar said.
''We want to set a good foundation to build a strong climate policy of potential regulation and laws we can work toward and actually see some success,'' Shradar said.
A petition by the plantiffs requires the EPA to act within 60 days.
The plaintiffs in the latest court action include Coakley and attorneys general from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia, plus representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the cities of New York and Baltimore, and several environmental organizations.