Democracy Now: Appeals Court Backs EPA Regulation of Carbon Emissions Through Clean Air Act

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from the country’s largest polluters. An industry group called the Coalition for Responsible Regulation had filed lawsuits challenging the EPA’s effort to regulate carbon emissions from vehicles and industrial pollution from new power plants. The lawsuits questioned the EPA’s guiding basis that greenhouse gases can “reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” The three-judge panel also upheld the Obama administration’s inaugural car and fuel economy standards, which aim to cut new car pollution in half and double fuel efficiency by 2025. In a statement, the group Earthjustice said: “We hope this decision reinforces the EPA’s resolve to move forward with standards to rein-in carbon pollution and other harmful gases from new and existing sources.”

~ by wheresthemic on June 27, 2012.

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