U.S. States Fight EPA on Greenhouse Gases
- U.S. States Fight EPA on Greenhouse Gases
A group of U.S. states Tuesday challenged a July court ruling upholding
the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to regulate greenhouse gas
emission, a factor in global warming.
Led by Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, the five states and the
District of Columbia filed a petition asking the full U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the July decision by a
panel of the court, which Reilly said "allowed (the EPA) to continue on
its path of inaction." "This case deals with one of the most serious
environmental threats of our time," Reilly said in a statement. "Surely
it warrants a decision by the full court."
The group, which includes the attorneys general of Maine, New Mexico,
Oregon, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia, said the EPA could not
refuse to regulate greenhouse gases "simply because it opposes such
regulation on policy grounds."
Last month, however, two judges on a panel of three upheld the EPA's
refusal to do so, ruling the agency did not abuse its discretion. EPA
officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
In 1999, environmental groups filed a petition asking the agency to set
emission standards for greenhouse gases including carbon monoxide, a
factor in global warming, but the EPA denied the petition four years
President Bush, who had made campaign promises to regulate greenhouse gas
emissions, in 2001 said they were not air pollutants that could be
regulated under the Clean Air Act. He also eschewed the Kyoto Protocol,
the greenhouse gas reduction plan adopted by more than 150 countries.
Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island are three of nine Northeastern
states currently working on a plan to reduce the level of greenhouse gas
emissions from power plants by capping carbon dioxide emissions.
Source: Reuters, 31 August 2005
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