Skip to comments.Calif. seeks right to sue over greenhouse gases
Posted on 03/15/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
California and five other states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let them sue power companies whose plants emit greenhouse gases, saying legal action is needed as a backup for the Obama administration's embattled efforts to curb pollution that contributes to global warming.
The case, to be argued April 19, pits the states and environmental organizations against an unusual alliance: the energy industry, which opposes the emissions limits, and the Obama administration, which says such restrictions should be imposed by Congress and federal agencies, not the courts.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue regulations in May 2012 that would limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the coal-burning plants that are the targets of the states' lawsuit.
But House Republicans are backing legislation, due for a committee vote today, that would eliminate EPA authority over greenhouse gases and repeal California's controls on carbon emissions from cars and trucks. The bill would allow the federal government to restrict tailpipe emissions but would leave greenhouse gases from power plants unregulated.
The six states - California, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Rhode Island and Vermont, along with New York City - want the Supreme Court to uphold their right to sue five major power companies and then return the case to a federal judge in New York.
California and the other states are seeking court orders requiring the power companies to reduce carbon emissions by 3 percent a year for 10 years.
The companies operate 174 plants in 20 states. None is in California, but the suit says they produce 2.5 percent of the world's emissions, thereby warming the planet and melting the Sierra snowpack earlier. That affects the state's drinking water supply, the suit says.
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Of course, theyve signed documents to ban harmful DHMO many, many times.
Even their AGW cult scientists that worship Al Gore, the Cancunian Kuklas have signed a petition to ban water.
Sure they can; and do.
And I can tell you what the mindless answer is :
We're saving the Planet, morons!
In the old days, one would find that mentality, such as it is, in insane asylums..
Do we even have insane asylums any more?
They already tried that a few times.
For reasons no one can explain, it hasn't gotten traction.
You give that crwd in Sacramento entirely too much credit.
Their average IQ is in the low 50s.
I've lived here all my life and have seen, firsthand, the transformation into one big mess of pervert drooling idiots.
I think Clinton closed them all down for votes.
Cut em OFF !
Sue That F WADs
Next they will want to Sue Counties, Ctates and Countries that have Volcano Eruptions or Wisconsin for Cow Farts or Arkansas for their Hogs.
Lawyer welfare bill.
The lawyers are destroying America.
It takes lawyers on both sides to feed from this trough so don’t Tell me about good lawyers.
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