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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally set the Bush
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 are
"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 activists 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 states,
cities and environmental groups. We could not have prevailed
And I know you want to hear exactly what the Court's decision
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 pollution
from new cars, SUVs and trucks.
Second, it removes the major obstacle to measures in California
and ten other states that would slash greenhouse gas emissions
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. Consider
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 pollution.
* 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 pollution,
bringing the latest total to 15 states.
* On April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will mobilize
for StepItUp rallies, creating a groundswell of support for
global warming legislation.
A nationwide chain reaction has been unleashed, and yesterday's
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 message
telling your Senators and Representative to pass a bill that
cuts global warming pollution 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent
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!
Natural Resources Defense Council
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