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Bid to Force Action on Global Warming Denied

posted on July 15, 2005

An effort by a dozen states and several cities to make the Environmental Protection Agency regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants was rejected this week by a federal appeals court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed that EPA had the discretion to take policy judgments into account, along with scientific evidence, when it rejected a petition asking it to order reductions in carbon dioxide and other automobile pollutants blamed for global warming.

Contrary to the states' arguments, the court ruled it is "not accurate to say ... that the EPA administrator's refusal to regulate rested entirely on scientific uncertainty." Two of the appeals court's three judges backed EPA.

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