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--- NRDC - Frances Beinecke <members@...
> Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2007 18:01:48 GMT
> From: "NRDC - Frances Beinecke"
> To: "Pamela Melcher" <dancingcedar@...>
> Subject: Supreme Court Hands Us a Big Victory
> Dear Pamela,
> Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally set the
> Administration straight on global warming.
> In a 5-4 vote, the Court agreed with NRDC and our
> partners that
> carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions
> "pollutants" under the Clean Air Act.
> And in a stunning rebuke to the Bush Administration,
> the court
> ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency
> ALREADY has the
> authority to start curbing those pollutants, which
> are wreaking
> havoc with our climate.
> This landmark victory belongs to NRDC supporters
> like you, who
> helped us launch this case four years ago and
> allowed us to play
> a leading role in a winning coalition of nearly 30
> cities and environmental groups. We could not have
> without you!
> And I know you want to hear exactly what the Court's
> means to our fight against global warming.
> First, it obliterates the Bush Administration's
> leading excuse
> for doing nothing about global warming: namely, that
> it has no
> power to control carbon pollution. The Supreme Court
> has now
> ordered the EPA to stop relying on illegal excuses
> and to start
> getting serious about the problem of global warming
> from new cars, SUVs and trucks.
> Second, it removes the major obstacle to measures in
> and ten other states that would slash greenhouse gas
> from car exhaust.
> Third, it adds immeasurably to the history-making
> momentum we've
> been building -- month by month, victory by victory
> -- for
> Congress to pass strong global warming legislation.
> what's happened in just the last 90 days:
> * Ten of the most influential companies in the world
> joined with
> NRDC and other leading environmental groups to call
> on Congress
> for a mandatory approach to cutting global warming
> * NRDC helped spur a pioneering clean energy accord
> with TXU, a
> giant utility, which marks the beginning of the end
> of America's
> investment in dirty coal.
> * NRDC helped persuade Arizona, New Mexico,
> Washington and
> Oregon to commit to mandatory caps on global warming
> bringing the latest total to 15 states.
> * On April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will
> for StepItUp rallies, creating a groundswell of
> support for
> global warming legislation.
> A nationwide chain reaction has been unleashed, and
> Supreme Court ruling is going to focus new and
> intense heat on
> Congress, which is just gearing up for serious
> debate on global
> warming. The timing could not be better.
> If you haven't already, I urge you to join that
> chain reaction
> by making your own voice heard in Congress. Go to
> http://www.nrdcaction.org/gwtakeaction and send a
> telling your Senators and Representative to pass a
> bill that
> cuts global warming pollution 25 percent by 2020 and
> 80 percent
> by 2050.
> It will take overwhelming public support to pass the
> kind of
> bold legislation that our planet so desperately
> needs. But if we
> can prevail over the Bush Administration in the
> Supreme Court,
> then anything is possible on Capitol Hill.
> Let's take the fight to Congress!
> Frances Beinecke
> Natural Resources Defense Council
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