High Court Case Could Impact California Policy

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The question before the court is whether the federal E-P-A has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.  The Bush administration says it does not because the Clean Air Act doesn’t specifically mention CO2.  But Jason Barbose with Environment California says the E-P-A should regulate carbon dioxide because it’s contributing to global warming…

 “If the supreme court rules in the states favor the EPA will be compelled to regulate co2 as a pollutant – it’s also going to reinforce California’s right under the law to protect its citizens.”

Barbose is referring to legislation passed several years ago in California that requires automakers to cut CO2 emissions.  The auto industry has sued to stop the law.  In a statement, Governor Schwarzenegger said regardless of the outcome, California will continue to fight global warming by reducing climate change emissions.