Calif. Sues EPA Over Emissions

15 states join fight to limit greenhouse gases from cars and trucks
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 2:21 PM CST
California Attorney General Jerry Brown gestures while commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that affects global warming at a news conference in San Francisco, Monday, April 2, 2007. The Supreme...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – California, joined by 15 other states, filed suit today against the Environmental Protection Agency for rejecting its plan to limit greenhouse gases on cars, trucks, and SUVs. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the Bush administration is "ignoring the will of millions" by ruling that Congress' recent boost in fuel-efficiency standards makes California's own emissions law unnecessary, reports the AP.

The 1970 Clean Air Act allows states to set their own emission rules if they receive a waiver from the federals; the EPA refused on Dec. 19 to grant California's request. California Attorney General Jerry Brown called the denial "shocking in its incoherence and utter failure to provide legal justification for the administrator's unprecedented action. The EPA has done nothing to curb greenhouse gases." (Read more Arnold Schwarzenegger stories.)