Tuesday, November 6, 2007

California to sue US Government over emissions

Another interesting article from the FT, "California vows to sue over emissions" from a story in April 2007 that outlined how Gov. Schwarzenegger was going to proceed, and then a new statement by California's governor -- reported on 22nd of October "California set to sue over emissions".

Apparently back in April 2007, Gov. Schwarzenegger told the US government that he was going to sue them if they didn't let the EPA grant a waiver over greenhouse gas emissions. Essentially the state of California wants to take more strident action against greenhouse gas emissions and do it faster than the US federal government is ready to set standards up to California's. Apparently the request for this EPA waiver was originally sent to the US government two years ago, so in 2005.

During 2006, California passed legislation that commits the state to a 25% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

I'm usually against lawsuits. By and large, so many of them that make it to the press seem to be frivolous or at the very least selfish. This is something I can get behind.


Hayden said...

In case you hadn't seen the news, the law suit WAS filed. Adding to the grievance, this is the first time that California has been refused permission to be more aggressive than the feds (I mean really! the feds set clean air standards, how can LA reach them if we can't set emission requirements?). There are another 14 or 15 states willing to adopt the California standards if we win.

teagurl327 said...

That's a bummer and yet I'm relieved (once again) that California is pushing for what needs to happen.

If you could share the article(s) that give an update or just list the other states willing to adopt the CA standards, that would be great.

I hope NY is one of them!