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(April 2, 2007) In a victory for states and environmental groups, the Supreme Court today said the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the right to reduce global warming pollution by regulating toxic emissions from cars and trucks. The Conservation Law Foundation, the only New England-based non-governmental group that was a party to the suit, today celebrated the Court’s decision saying it highlighted the Bush Administration’s complete failure to curb global warming.
“The Bush Administration has now been held accountable for its failure to use the Clean Air Act to curb global warming pollution from cars and trucks,” said CLF President Phil Warburg. For too long, states have had to lead efforts to reduce auto emissions. Now, it’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate and become a real partner in taking action to combat global climate change.
“The depth and breadth of this decision will reshape the landscape regarding how we address our climate crisis and will be remembered as a monumental moment in American law and environmental protection,” said Seth Kaplan, Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change Program.
Emissions from cars and trucks remain the largest and fastest-growing source of global warming air pollution in New England, responsible for more than a third of the region’s greenhouse gas and ozone emissions. CLF’s Clean Cars program is also working in Vermon and Rhode Island to help the states defend against the auto industries attempts to block implementation of tough, new California-based auto emissions standards. The case is scheduled to go to trial in early April.