Barbara Boxer: Green Groups Should Sue Obama

California Democrat stands against ozone decision
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 10:08 AM CDT
Senator Barbara Boxer speaks during a news conference in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Count Barbara Boxer among those steamed about President Obama’s decision to ditch the EPA’s proposal for stricter smog standards. The California senator talked to reporters yesterday, and while Politico notes that she was more measured than many environmentalists, she did call for a lawsuit against the president. “I’m not making any charge” that the move was politically motivated, she said. “I’m just saying I disagree, strongly … and I hope they’ll be sued in court and I hope the court can stand by the Clean Air Act.”

Boxer had taken some criticism for the soft tone of a statement she issued Friday saying she was “disappointed” in Obama’s decision, but “heartened” by his pledge to defend the EPA. She defended that lukewarm rhetoric yesterday. “I’m involved in a hand-to-hand combat with people in the House,” she explained. “They’re trying to destroy the EPA, destroy the Clean Air Act. So I was heartened to see the president went out of his way to address the larger issue.” (Read more Clean Air Act stories.)

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