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California Sues EPA on GHG Emissions

Posted by msrb on July 31, 2008

California state Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for “wantonly” ignoring its duty to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel, causing greenhouse gas pollution, yet President Bush stalls with one bureaucratic dodge after another,” said Brown a two-term California governor in the 1970s and 1980s.

Official portrait of Jerry Brown as Governor of California, from the California State Capitol Museum.
Image credit: Governors of California Portrait Gallery, California State Capitol Museum; via Wikipedia

“Because Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly ignore its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action,” he said.

“[The lawsuit] is certainly typical of the attorney general of California,” an EPA spokesman said.

“If they don’t like how we make a decision on something, they sue and hope the courts will mandate toward their position. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t work,” he said.

California and 17 other states sued the EPA in April for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 that the agency had the power to take action.

California and 12 other states again sued the EPA in May, claiming it violated the Clean Air Act because its ozone pollution standards were ineffective.

“Brown said California would likely be joined in the latest lawsuit against the EPA by Connecticut, Oregon, New York City, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and a coalition of environmental groups.” Reuters reported.

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