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California Suing EPA for Blocking Car Emissions Rules

la-smog.jpgThey’ve done it, and help from other states is on the way. California’s Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a lawsuit with the US court of appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to block California from implementing tough new standards on vehicle emissions. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is quoted as saying;

“It is unconscionable that the federal government is keeping California and 19 other states from adopting these standards. They are ignoring the will of millions of people who want their government to take action in the fight against global warming. That’s why, at the very first legal opportunity, we’re suing to reverse the US EPA’s wrong decision. By implementing these standards, California would be eliminating greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 6.5 million cars off the road by the year 2020.”

As I suggested in my “Open Challenge to California and all State Governments” of Dec. 20, 15 other states or state agencies are joining the action, including Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.

California’s action comes on the heels of the EPA’s denial of a waiver requsted by the state to impose new, tougher restrictions on car emissions. The new law requires a 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles by 2016.

The refusal by EPA administrator Stephen Johnson last month, drew this comment from Brown,

“The denial letter was shocking in its incoherence and utter failure to provide legal justification for the administrator’s unprecedented action.

“The EPA has done nothing at the national level to curb greenhouse gases and now it has wrongfully and illegally blocked California’s landmark tailpipe emissions standards, despite the fact that sixteen states have moved to adopt them.”

So the stage is set for a showdown between states executing their rights, and another government agency seemingly caught up in its arrogance and power. Stay tuned.

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