Cuccinelli files motion to force EPA to reopen global warming finding
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a court motion attempting to use the Obama administration's new fuel standards for cars to force the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its decision to regulate Greenhouse gas emissions.
Cuccinelli is attempting to get the EPA to undo a determination that it can regulate emissions because they cause global warming, which it ruled is harmful to human health. He believes the EPA's regulation of carbon dioxide will cost Virginia businesses money and cause energy prices to rise.
His new motion, filed Thursday, argues that the new fuel standards show the EPA does not plan to reopen its hearings on the issue--essentially rejecting his petition that they do so--since the fuel standards were promulgated using the same logic that Greenhouse gases are causing the earth to warm and hurting human health. He asks the court to now compel the EPA to reopen the issue.
This suit basically attempts to get a court to pass judgment on the science behind global warming. Cuccinell argues it is politically-motivated, citing leaked emails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia in Great Britain.
Many scientists believe the evidence that humans are causing the earth to warm is sound. If Cuccinelli's case proceeds, that issue will likely be decided by a judge.
"Whatever the final decision is by the EPA, we want it to be based on sound scientific data, not data that has been sifted through a political filter," Cuccinelli said in a news release about the new filing.
The new motion was filed jointly with Alabama in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile, the EPA has asked the court to hold off any further action in the case until it can complete an administrative review of it's findings. The EPA indicates it anticipates completing that process on July 31, and therefore asks for a delay until Aug. 16.
You can read both motions here.
April 16, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
Categories: Rosalind Helderman | Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Global warming, Greenhouse gas, United States Environmental Protection Agency
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