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
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
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.