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Posted on 03/19/2010 7:30:53 PM PDT by upchuck
At least 15 U.S. states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency seeking to stop it from issuing rules controlling greenhouse gas emissions until it reexamines whether the pollution harms human health.
Florida, Indiana, South Carolina and at least nine other states filed the petitions in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, states said.
They joined petitions filed last month by Virginia, Texas and Alabama.
The Obama administration has long said it would attack greenhouse gas emissions with EPA regulation if Congress failed to pass a climate bill.
The state petitions call for the EPA to reopen hearings on the so-called "endangerment finding" the agency issued last year declaring the emissions dangerous to people.
"If EPA doesn't reopen the hearings we will move forward to try to stop them from regulating greenhouse gases," said Brian Gottstein, an assistant to Virginia's Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli.
The states have complained that the EPA relied too heavily from reports by the U.N.'s climate science panel which included information that exaggerated the melting of Himalayan glaciers.
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It’s funny you said this. Over the last year, I believe I have come to a better understanding of how the Civil War started. There is such a stark difference between the states that are party to this lawsuit, and the states that think everything the EPA does is just peachy. I think it would be a lot better for our country if issues such as greenhouse gas rules — and many other issues — were settled and codified at the state, not federal level.
There has to be a boom in the legal profession with all these upcoming lawsuits.
The EPA said it was confident it would withstand legal challenges on the issue. "The question of the science is settled," spokeswoman Adora Andy said. The science "came from an array of highly respected, peer-reviewed sources from both within the United States and across the globe, and took into consideration hundreds of thousands of comments from members of the public, which were addressed in the finding," she said.No doubt.
We’re startin’ to cook w/gas? Huh?
What is this, the roaring 20’s all over again?
Exactly right. Almost all the problems were having is because of federal government involvement. If Federalism worked as its supposed to, none of this crap would be happening.
Is everyone aware that the Revolt against Obama and the Commies has begun? In addition to this EPA related story, the States are also choosing to opt OUT of Obamacare.
This is just the beginning of what is coming. I don’t think the libs have a clue about what happens when The People strike back.
I’m quite happy to see it. Michigan will have a republican governor before the year is out (probably Hoekstra) and he’s pushing to make it easier to recall congressmen and will likely join in this effort to slap down the EPA.
“””””The question of the science is settled,” spokeswoman Adora Andy said. The science “came from an array of highly respected, peer-reviewed sources from both within the United States and across the globe”””””””
I think if the states really wanted to get the EPA to not enforce CO2 emmisions as pollution, they should try to get the Clean Air Act amended rather than waste time sueing the EPA (which is not likely to have any actual effect, they are bound by a decision of the Supreme Court to regulate CO2 as pollution).
The optics of this look better for state AG's and Governors however as it casts them in a light of "standing up to big government", really I think it makes them look foolish as there are better ways they could approach this problem. Maybe I'm wrong though, YOMV.
...Been time for the States to take back their rights from the feds. Bring on the lawsuits, time to crash and close the two party party in DC!!!
...I’m in Kain-tuck, moved here three year ago from Virginy, but, for the States to become truly United, the courts are the last hope...
If global warming is bullsh#t, can I have my 100 watt light bulbs back?
Are you saying that a court has told EPA that they can't change the regulatory threshold for CO2 from 250 tons to 25,000 tons(or maybe 70,000 tons)?
They will get sued for such action, but I wasn't aware that a court had said they couldn't try.
Then we’ve no hope at all.
The EPA is in a bind here, if they don't enforce the mandated limit they get sued, but they can't enforce it because it would paralyze the economey.
Amending the Law is the most simple fix.
Do you have a source for that?
I suppose it wouldn't THAT much of a leap of logic given odinga's EPA ruling that at some point we would all have to be fitted with scrubbers to mitigate the dangers of the lethal gas we all exhale. SHEESH!
If we are to survive, the States are going to HAVE to begin resisting the Federal tyranny. THe Federal Court system, however, will be too slow, and the States have waited too long in most cases, to force the kind of action necessary to end Washington’s overreach. Legislatures will have to take the bull by the horns, start seriously reasserting their 10th Amendment rights, and threaten withholding Federal taxes, expelling Federal officials from states, and perhaps even threatening secession. To those who whine that this is not an option, I say, what other leverage are we left with then?
You can blame the other Illinois President for that....
Looking for the complete list of the states...
The EPA better depollute itself of its own chip on the shoulder attitude. What a bunch of idiot radicals we have in government.
...Sounds pessimistic from an upbeat person, with yer tagline. Wwwwhat do you have in mind to do???
Florida too!? Maybe Charlie Crist’s tanning bed emits too much CO2. He must be really pissed.
As for the other part, I was incorrect when I said the epa had been challanged in court on changing their levels. That hasn't happened yet, but its fairly clear what the decision of the court would be.
Changing the law is still the best way to go about making sure there isn't too much of an impact. The Clean Air act is not designed to regulate green house gasses, and the Senate is going to take up this issue soon as they have climate legislation in the works already.
Har! You mean the soon to be ex governor AND ex senate candidate from the great state of Florida??? Last I heard, Rubio was cleaning up the joint with him. BTW, would you be interested in swapping your soon to be senator with slimy senator John Cornyn from Texas? Cornyn has caught a terminal case of Potomac Fever.
the obamation is falling apart before crack sharpened eyes.
That’s what I thought, isn’t that what they said about global warmning?
The states listed in the title (FL, IN, SC, VA, TX, AL) are the only ones mentioned in the story. Sorry.
If at first you don’t secede, try, try again.
G-d, I love this place!
Indiana’s on the ball again. Pass it on.
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☆☆ States Officially Rejecting Anthropogenic Global Warming
Part of the healtcare deal with the far left is that a carbon tax bill will be passed, which not only starts up cap and trade, but taxes every transaction of the credits up to 20% of the agreed deal; both the initial sale money and the transaction tax money going to the IRS.
We need to install CONGRESSIONAL SCRUBBERS.
“”If EPA doesn’t reopen the hearings we will move forward to try to stop them from regulating greenhouse gases,” said Brian Gottstein, an assistant to Virginia’s Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli.”
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