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Slapping EPA "Upside the Head" Over Global Warming

January 3, 2008

Seattle, WA – Washington is one of 16 states "on hold," waiting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow tougher standards for vehicle tailpipe emissions. Those states, and five conservation groups, have started the New Year off by joining in on legal action against the EPA, saying they're fed up with what they believe are stall tactics.

While they wait for the EPA to put its own plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars into effect, they are supporting lawsuits against the federal agency for not allowing states to pass their own, tougher anti-pollution laws.

David Bookbinder, chief climate counsel for the Sierra Club, hopes another court challenge will force the issue.

"We need to actually begin doing something. And the only way we seem to make progress with this Administration is goin' upside their head in federal court."

In the meantime, says Bookbinder, years of delays are harming the environment.

"Automobiles are the second largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States. The Bush Administration has repeatedly, over the last seven years, refused to regulate greenhouse gases from cars or any other source."

Washington was part of a similar suit filed in October. Bookbinder says the EPA and automakers have lost the last four court battles on this issue. The agency says letting states make their own rules would create a "confusing patchwork" of laws, and that it already has new fuel efficiency standards that will cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA