Terminator takes on the government

California has sued the U.S. government to force the decision on whether the state can impose the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.

11/09/2007


California has sued the U.S. government to force the decision on whether the state can impose the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.


Specifically directed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, filed in U.S. District Court, Washington, D.C., the issueis Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s two-year-old request for a waiver under the Clean Air Act, which allows it to implement a2002 state anti-pollution law regulating greenhouse gases. Eleven other states adopted California’s standard in order tocombat global warming. The states that plan to join Gov. Schwarzenegger’s lawsuit include Connecticut, Illinois, Maine,Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The governors of Colorado and Florida plan to adopt the standard in the near future.

The implementation of the law is crucial to meeting the provisions of a separate global warming law that seeks to reduce

California to produce 25% less auto emissions by 2030. California has unique status under the Clean Air Act. The law allows the state to enact its own regulations if it gets approval from the EPA. States that follow California’s rule must make their restrictions tougher.

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