The EPA has been ignoring a decision made by that uber-activist body, the Supreme Court. That decision included informing the EPA that it has the authority to limit CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. The court said that the EPA must decide whether this pollution was endangering public health and, if it was, the agency must issue regulations to control it. Since that decision, the EPA, led by Bush Crony Stephen Johnson, has been very efficient at dragging its feet on coming to the determination of a public health threat.
As a result, twelve states have decided to sue the Bush administration to force the EPA to act within 60 days to initiate the decision-making process. From the article:
Maryland Atty. Gen. Douglas F. Gansler said the EPA received all the input it needed April 2, 2007, when the Supreme Court ruled that the federal agency could regulate greenhouse gases.
“I do think the culture of the EPA under the Bush administration has been to do everything they can to delay actually protecting the environment — which makes the EPA something of an oxymoron, at least in name,” Gansler said.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the EPA “has failed to lead, it has failed to follow the states’ lead, and we are prepared to force it out of the way in order to protect the environment.”
The plaintiffs in the latest court action include Coakley and attorneys general from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia, plus representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the cities of New York and Baltimore, and several environmental organizations.
This administration has been the worst in American history at protecting the environment. We have approximately eight months left of these clowns “running” things. If a Democrat is elected as president, it will take quite a bit of time to repair the damage done to the agencies such as the EPA. That has to happen before we can make headway in addressing the climate change crisis. When that happens, will it already be too late?