California to sue EPA over ship, jet and farm equipment emissions

California announced yesterday that it intends to lead a number of states in filing a lawsuit against the EPA for its failure to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships, planes and farm equipment.  The announcement, made by Attorney General Jerry Brown, comes on the heels of a series of environmental disputes between California and the federal government.  This is also not the first dispute between the parties dealing with the EPA’s stance towards greenhouse gas emissions.

An EPA spokesman responded to Jerry Brown’s announcement by stating, this “is certainly typical of the attorney general of California.  If they don’t like how we make a decision on something, they sue and hope the courts will mandate toward their position. It works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t work.”

Apparently, greenhouse gas emissions from the sources in dispute here (ships, off-road engines and jets), are greater than those released by every registered vehicle in the United States.  This is clearly an important issue for state governments, and could just be the beginning of these state vs. federal government disputes, depending on the results of the presidential election.

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  1. I assume you are implying that if McCain is elected there will be more litigation between the states and feds? I’m not so sure that is true. Didn’t he pioneer the idea of regulating carbon in the Senate? I think all that off-shore drilling and gas tax stuff is just pandering to the base. I doubt he’ll enact those policies if elected.

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