Supreme Court takes up multi-state emissions debate

| 11/30/2006

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a case that could have a big impact on how vehicles are built in the future.

According to The Associated Press, the case pits 12 states against the Bush administration's policies on emissions regs for new vehicles. The states are asking the high court to force the administration to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in new vehicles.

The suit stems from an incident that occurred three years ago, when the Environmental Protection Agency claimed it didn't have the authority to force the auto industry to reduce emissions, The AP reported.

In court Wednesday, Nov. 29, the assistant attorney general of Massachusetts told the Supreme Court justices that vehicle emissions contribute to global warming - which he said could lead to higher sea levels and the loss of 200 miles of coastline in his state alone.