States Sue Federal Government Over Climate Change

Responding to a U.S. EPA decision earlier this summer that the agency does not have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide from vehicles and power plants, 12 states filed suit against the federal government yesterday to force the Bush administration to do something about global climate change. The suit alleges that the EPA is ignoring federal studies that demonstrate that climate change is causing “disease, extreme weather, destruction of shoreline, and loss of critical wetlands and estuaries,” according to Richard Blumenthal, attorney general of Connecticut, one of the plaintiffs in the case. The other states are California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.