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Supreme Court Rejects Bush in Global Warming Debate

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  • Joschka Fisher
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3000959&page=1 April 2, 2007— For the first time in its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has waded into the political
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      http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3000959&page=1

      April 2, 2007— For the first time in its history, the
      U.S. Supreme Court has waded into the political debate
      on global warming.

      Under the Bush administration, the Environmental
      Protection Agency or EPA has argued that carbon
      dioxide and the like aren't pollutants under the Clean
      Air Act, and therefore, the agency has no power to
      regulate them.

      In a sweeping 5-4 decision released Monday, the
      Supreme Court rejected that position, declaring that
      Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection
      Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of
      carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.

      Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the
      majority opinion, and was joined by Justices Anthony
      Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen
      Breyer.

      The Supreme Court majority decided US motor-vehicle
      emissions make a "meaningful contribution to
      greenhouse gas concentrations" and hence, to global
      warming.

      "A well-documented rise in global temperatures has
      coincided with a significant increase in the
      concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
      Respected scientists believe the two trends are
      related," Justice Stevens wrote.

      Bush Administration Defeat Delights Environmental
      Groups

      Environmental groups applauded the Court's decision.

      "It's an important signal that the Bush administration
      cannot continue to ignore the problem of global
      warming for political reasons when the science is so
      clear and there's such clear pressure from the public
      to move forward," said Josh Dorner, spokesperson for
      the Sierra Club in Washington D.C.

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