California and 11 other states asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate motor vehicle emissions of gases that scientists blame for global warming. The states were joined by the cities of New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the island of American Samoa and numerous environmental groups in appealing a federal court ruling last year that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to regulate so-called greenhouse gases. The case could affect another lawsuit in which auto manufacturers and dealers are challenging a California law, the first of its kind, that requires reduced greenhouse-gas emissions in new vehicles sold in the state, beginning with 2009 models. The suit is scheduled for trial in Fresno in January. “Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing the planet, and we cannot delay action,” California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement. “Left unchecked, it can cause devastation to our economy, public health (and) natural resources. It is time for the Environmental Protection Agency to step up and fulfill its responsibility to fight this problem.” Related Stories Copyright 2006 Houston ChronicleClearing the air: Supreme Court should label greenhouse gases… The EPA, in a September… Read full this story
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