The basics for those who don't want to read the entire article.
- Bush appoints anti-environmentalist to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Bush Admin (EPA) states that global warming doesn't exist-EPA backs him up.
- Bush Admin (EPA) states that the CLEAN AIR ACT can't be enforced to make his friends clean up their mess. It doesn't apply to greenhouse gases.
- Earthjustice (and nearly everyone else in the country) sues the government (Bush and EPA) for not enforcing the CLEAN AIR ACT.
- TODAY the Supremes said to Bush: The Clean Air Act DOES apply and you CAN use it to force your friends to clean up their mess.
- NOW Congress can ACT under the authority of the Clean Air Act confirmed today by the Supremes to force the administration and the EPA to act to cut greenhouse gas admissions.
- Question: Will They??? Try making a phone call or two. You'd be surprised what a difference a call makes...
To: Earthjustice Supporters
From: Buck Parker, Executive Director
Re: Victory: Supreme Court rules on global warming
The Supreme Court denies Bush administration attempts to avoid taking action on Global Warming
The victories just keep getting better! In a 5-4 ruling this morning, the Supreme Court told the Bush administration it cannot claim that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
In 2003, the administration and EPA argued that EPA didn't have the authority to regulate these gases. Earthjustice attorneys thought they were simply trying to dodge the issue and helped enlist a wide array of states, municipalities, and environmental and public health groups in challenging EPA's inaction all the way up to the Supreme Court.
While this case has worked its way through EPA and the courts, scientific evidence of global warming has continued to mount -- so much so that the scientific debate is over. Today, the Supreme Court told the EPA it CAN use its existing Clean Air Act authority to require control of greenhouse gas emissions by cars and other motor vehicles. The act has successfully cut emissions of many pollutants, and it can do the same for greenhouse gases.
To combat this most urgent environmental crisis, strong and comprehensive U.S. action is crucial. Congress must step in and enact legislation -- capping car emissions and tightening fuel economy standards, for a start.
Earthjustice will continue to press Congress and the EPA to protect the health and welfare of American citizens... and the world.
Thanks for your continued support.
Vawter "Buck" ParkerExecutive DirectorEarthjustice
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