Federal Court Ruling Favors Curb on Climate Pollution

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Target: Chief Judge David Sentelle and Circuit Judges Judith Rogers and David Tatel

Goal: Applaud the court’s decision to uphold the integrity of EPA measures to reduce climate pollution.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legislative action to limit climate pollution and protect public health against harmful emissions.

According to a press release from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the appellate court judges dismissed petitions from corporations protesting the EPA’s Climate Pollution Endangerment Finding. The legal challenge came against EPA limits grounded in research that showed climate pollution has a negative effect on human health. At issue here: the Clean Car Standards, which enacted greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for cars and small trucks, and the Carbon Pollution Limits for Big New Power Plants and Industrial Sources (also known as the Timing and Tailoring Rules), in which the EPA is requiring large industrial and power plants to utilize the best economically viable pollution controls.

In upholding the EPA measures, the judges said, “But for the reasons set forth below, we conclude: 1) the Endangerment Finding and Tailpipe Rule are neither arbitrary nor capricious; 2) EPA’s interpretation of the governing CAA provisions is unambiguously correct; and 3) no petitioner has standing to challenge the Timing and Tailoring Rules. We thus dismiss for lack of jurisdiction all petitions for review of the Timing and Tailoring Rules, and deny the remainder of the petitions.”

This ruling marks a remarkable step for the fight to lessen the effects of climate pollution and to protect public health. As confirmed by Fred Krupp, president of the EDF, “Today’s ruling by the court confirms that EPA’s common sense solutions to address climate pollution are firmly anchored in science and law.” “This landmark decision,” Krupp said, “will help secure a healthier and more prosperous future for all Americans. Today is a good day for climate progress in American and for the thin layer of atmosphere that sustains life on Earth.”

The judges deserve the gratitude of the public for acknowledging climate pollution as a legitimate problem, and allowing the EPA to take the necessary preventative measures. Sign below to applaud the judges who ruled in favor of these measures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judges David Sentelle, Judith Rogers and David Tatel,

The recent ruling by you in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate pollution measures is a vital step for limiting pollution in America.

Your decision is a historic victory for the fight against climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. As Sean Donahue, outside legal counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund put it, “EPA’s reasonable steps to reduce climate pollution will benefit our environment, our economy, our health and our national security.”

Thank you for helping our nation move towards a safer and sustainable future, and protecting public health against the harmful effects of climate pollution.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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