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  • Mike Neuman
    By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer 10 states sue EPA over global warming APR. 27 12:44 P.M. ET Ten states fired a new legal salvo at the federal
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 28 9:07 AM
      By DEVLIN BARRETT
      Associated Press Writer
      10 states sue EPA over global warming

      APR. 27 12:44 P.M. ET Ten states fired a new legal salvo at the
      federal government Thursday in a long-running court battle over
      global warming and pollution from power plants.

      The states, joined by environmental groups, sued the Environmental
      Protection Agency over its decision not to regulate carbon dioxide
      pollution as a contributor to global warming.

      New York, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico,
      Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin filed the lawsuit in the
      U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

      The states, led by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, want the
      government to require tighter pollution controls on the newest
      generation of power plants.

      "We feel it's incumbent on EPA to regulate carbon emissions from
      those power plants now in order to help us get our arms around global
      warming," said Spitzer spokesman Marc Violette.

      Also joining the lawsuit are the cities of Washington and New York,
      as well as Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council,
      and Sierra Club.

      New York and other states have fought with the Bush administration
      for years over carbon dioxide emissions.

      In July 2005, a three-judge panel in the same court upheld the EPA's
      decision not to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and
      trucks under the Clean Air Act. The agency argues the law does not
      authorize them to regulate emissions to reduce global warming, and
      maintains there is not enough scientific data to support such a move.

      The lawsuit was filed largely in response to the 2005 ruling, in the
      hopes that the courts will rule specifically whether the Clean Air
      Act can be used to fight global warming.

      "We think this is the case that will decide that question," said
      Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer David Doniger.

      An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

      Environmentalists say 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the
      United States come from power plants. Carbon dioxide is believed to
      be the greatest single contributor to global warming.

      A growing number of scientific studies bolster the theory that
      increased levels of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases are
      accumulating in the atmosphere, where they trap heat and raise the
      earth's average temperature.
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