Supreme Court overrules Bush on Global warming
This is being called a monumental defeat for the Bush administration. It had blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating standards on carbon dioxide. The government had claimed that since carbon dioxied was not a pollutant, the EPA had no jurisdiction to set levels - specifically on tailpipe emissions.
The court had three questions before it.
_Do states have the right to sue the EPA to challenge its decision?
_Does the Clean Air Act give EPA the authority to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases?
_Does EPA have the discretion not to regulate those emissions?
The court said yes to the first two questions. On the third, it ordered EPA to re-evaluate its contention it has the discretion not to regulate tailpipe emissions. The court said the agency has so far provided a "laundry list" of reasons that include foreign policy considerations.
The majority said the agency must tie its rationale more closely to the Clean Air Act.
Here's the majpr news bulletin from Wall St. Journal (subscription required).
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled for environmentalists in a pair of decisions, including a major 5-4 opinion that said several states and environmental groups can sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its refusal to regulate auto emissions.