Yesterday California sued the federal government, demanding the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
You will recall that this was the issue before the Supreme Court this spring, in which the court decisively ruled that the EPA does have the right — and the responsibility — to regulate CO2 emissions.
Predictably, the Bush administration has done nothing. (Probably in a few months we’ll hear about how attempts by a few brave souls within the EPA to in some way reduce CO2 emissions were quashed by the White House. This is what happened with the moderate Republican Christine Whitman, former head of the EPA, who left after her attempts to regulate air pollution were overruled by Dick Cheney.)
California is not the only state tired of waiting for Washington to act: 14 other states will join the suit today.
"They are running out the clock in hopes somebody else will deal with this problem," said Mary Nichols, head of California’s Air Resources Board, to the Los Angeles Times.
Guess it must be up to us…