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Enviro-Mich message from "Robert McCann" <mccannr@michigan.gov>
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Rita -

Just for clarification, Attorney General Cox joined the case on the
side of EPA.  This was not done on behalf of the DEQ or the Granholm
Administration.  



Robert McCann
Press Secretary
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Phone:  517-241-7397
Fax:  517-241-7401
Email: mccannr@michigan.gov  

>>> "Rita Jack" <rita.jack@sierraclub.org> 4/3/2007 11:52 AM >>>
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 <http://www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=986&id=1845> 
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 
<http://www.ago.state.ma.us/sp.cfm?pageid=986&id=1845> &id=1845 


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


April 2, 2007


CONTACT: Emily LaGrassa/Melissa Sherman 
(617) 727-2543 


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." 

(SEE URL ABOVE FOR THE REST)


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