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U.S. States Fight EPA on Greenhouse Gases

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    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
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      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
      later.



      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

      Clean Energy NEWS

      Vol. 5, Number 39, 06 September 2005
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