California announces plan to sue EPA about greenhouse gases

| 8/1/2008

California is again suing the Environmental Protection Agency about greenhouse gas emissions – this time targeting emissions from ships, aircraft and construction and agricultural equipment.

California and 15 other states sued the EPA in January for denying a waiver request that would allow California to enforce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

This time, California Attorney General Jerry Brown says, California is suing the EPA to try and force the agency’s hand in to regulate emissions from off-road engines, ships and aircraft that emit “as much greenhouse gases as 270 million cars.”

“Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and cause massive greenhouse gas pollution yet President Bush stalls with one bureaucratic dodge after another,” Brown said Thursday. “Because Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly ignore its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action.”

Industrial machines in mines, at farms and construction sites emitted 220 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2007, Brown’s office said in a written statement – “equal to the emissions of 40 million cars.”

The EPA’s refusal to regulate or allow regulation of greenhouse gases from those sectors affects many Americans, Brown said.

“If President Bush was serious about America’s dangerous and growing foreign oil dependency, he would forthwith direct EPA to do its job and regulate greenhouse gases,” Brown said.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer