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Dear Michigan,

Our state was one of the states who filed on the other side of this lawsuit.  –Rita.

 

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US SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MASSACHUSETTS IN GLOBAL WARMING ...
Massachusetts Attorney General - Boston,MA,USA
In addition to EPA, parties on the other side of the case include nine states: Michigan, Texas, North Dakota, Utah, South Dakota, Alaska, Kansas, Nebraska, ...

http://www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=986&id=1845

U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MASSACHUSETTS IN GLOBAL WARMING CASE

April 2, 2007

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BOSTON—Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Massachusetts and eleven other states in its first case ever involving global warming. The ruling was 5-4 with a majority opinion authored by Justice Stevens. In this case, Massachusetts v. EPA, the Court ruled that the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has existing authority under the Federal Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.  Greenhouse gas pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, cause the warming of the earth’s atmosphere. The EPA previously refused to regulate such gases, arguing it lacked statutory authority. The Court also concluded that the grounds the EPA gave for refusing to regulate greenhouse gases were legally insufficient, and directed the agency to reconsider its refusal based on the factors set forth in the law.

"Despite acknowledging that global warming poses serious dangers to our environment and health, the Bush Administration has done little or nothing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions," said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. "As a result of today’s landmark ruling, EPA can no longer hide behind the fiction that it lacks any regulatory authority to address the problem of global warming." 

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