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Fwd: Huge Global Warming Victory - Federal judge ruled to allow tough new state limits on global warming pollution from autos
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- Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 17:52:59 -0700
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12 Sep 2007 22:32:32 GMT
From: "Environmental Defense"
Victory for our efforts in fighting global warming!
I just received some terrific news and I wanted to share it with
you right away.
A federal judge in Vermont today ruled against the U.S. auto industry's
attempt to block California and 14 other states from setting tough new
limits on global warming pollution from automobiles.
Our own general counsel Jim Tripp presented arguments in the 16-day trial
this spring. He worked closely on the case with state officials from
Vermont and New York and several other environmental groups, including
the Conservation Law Foundation, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense
Council and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.
In the ruling, Federal Judge William K. Sessions found that the auto
industry had failed to prove that it could not meet the tailpipe
standards, that the new standards would endanger drivers or that Congress
had forbidden states from setting their own pollution limits.
This ruling comes less than six months after a historic Supreme Court
decision in early April that the Environmental Protection Agency has an
obligation to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act.
These are huge victories. Today's ruling not only puts us on solid
legal ground for a parallel case in the California courts this summer,
but, combined with the Supreme Court's April decision, adds enormous
momentum to our efforts to cap and reduce America's global warming
We are still waiting on the EPA to grant California its waiver request
under the Clean Air Act to regulate global warming pollution from cars.
We filed a notice of intent to sue EPA if they do not rule on the
California waiver request by November 2007. And Senator Bill Nelson
(D-FL) has introduced legislation in Congress to require EPA to grant the
While we await EPA's decision, Judge Sessions's clear and unambiguous
ruling today is a huge step forward and sets the stage in our favor for
the global warming fights ahead.
Environmental Defense played a big role in these historic court
rulings, and as a supporter of Environmental Defense, you make our
work possible. I can't thank you enough. Together, we are making
As we gear up for a busy fall season in Washington and look ahead to the
other pending court cases, please join me in celebrating today's
Thanks for all you do,
President, Environmental Defense