Our state was one of the states who filed
on the other side of this lawsuit. –Rita.
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,
U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MASSACHUSETTS IN GLOBAL
April 2, 2007
BOSTON—Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of
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
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.
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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