The high court said the Clean Air Act gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions. Jerry Martin with the California Air Resources Board says this ruling could help with California’s request for a federal waiver. That waiver would allow the state to enforce a stricter tailpipe emissions standard.
“What the Supreme Court decision does is in fact say yes carbon dioxide can be regulated as a pollutant which now means the state of California has been right all along and we will again press them for that waiver …”
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompted several responses including one from Governor Schwarzenegger who says he expects the U.S. E.P.A to move quickly on the waiver. Democratic legislative leaders say the ruling supports California’s environmental leadership.
The four dissenting justices said the relationship between carbon tailpipe emissions and global warming wasn’t proven.