Monday, June 26, 2006

Clean Air, Bush's Voluntary Compliance Policy, and The Supremes

STOP! In the name of Law...

Today, the highest court in the land announced it will begin debating the legality of the Bush Administration's decision to allow self-policing and voluntary compliance with federal clean air laws.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether the Bush administration must regulate carbon dioxide to combat global warming, setting up what could be one of the court's most important decisions on the environment.

The decision means the court will address whether the administration's decision to rely on voluntary measures to combat climate change are legal under federal clean air laws.

"This is the whole ball of wax. This will determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency is to regulate greenhouse gases from cars and whether EPA can regulate carbon dioxide from power plants," said David Bookbinder, an attorney for the Sierra Club.

Of course, this is meeting with plenty of resistance from the usual suspects:

"Fundamentally, we don't think carbon dioxide is a pollutant, and so we don't think these attempts are a good idea," said John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group representing oil and gas producers.

Yeah, yeah, we know. You call it life.

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