10 Feb 2010, 6:30pm
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Taking EPA global warming rules to court

By Shannon L. Goessling, Washington Examiner, February 10, 2024 [here]

Acting as the “bad cop” in the Obama administration’s unprecedented move to put the entire nation under an internationally mandated regime, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated a so-called “Endangerment Finding” that carbon dioxide is a pollutant harmful to humans and the environment. The resulting regulatory mandates, reported to be more than 600 pages long, will stagger the imagination and cripple American commerce and industry.

The “good cop,” by the way, is the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade (read, cap-and-tax) bill and its kindred making their way through Congress. If you don’t like cap and trade, so goes the cynical strategy of the administration, then you’ll really hate the EPA.

Enter the courts. Southeastern Legal Foundation, which has never shied away from controversial constitutional matters (the 2000 census, McCain-Feingold and President Clinton’s law license), has filed both a Petition for Reconsideration with the EPA and, this week, a Petition for Judicial Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s effort to “regulate” carbon dioxide as a “pollutant” under the Clean Air Act.

More than a dozen U.S. representatives and nearly two dozen associations and companies represented by our group share the view that the EPA failed to properly consider relevant science before making its Endangerment Finding. The group will argue that the EPA’s reliance on flawed and questionable science was arbitrary and capricious and that the administrator did not exercise proper and independent judgment in making the Endangerment Finding. … [more]

PLF challenges EPA’s sweeping global warming ruling

Pacific Legal Foundation, February 10, 2024 [here]

Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency laid the foundation for assuming breathtaking power to issue command-and-control dictates for the American economy. The agency ruled that “greenhouse gas” emissions endanger public health and welfare because of their alleged impacts on climate change or global warming, and that EPA has Clean Air Act authority to regulate their output. …

Through its greenhouse gas “endangerment finding,” the EPA bureaucracy has set itself up as the potential overseer for all economic activity that relies on fossil fuels—from agriculture to energy development to transportation, manufacturing, and industrial production.

PLF now is challenging this EPA ruling. In an administrative petition to the agency, PLF argues that the process that yielded the endangerment finding has been called into question by what is popularly known as “Climategate.” Therefore, EPA’s own rules require reassessment by the agency’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Significant revelations suggest that the scientific data that was used to arrive at the endangerment finding may be unreliable. For this reason, as PLF’s petition argues, a formal reconsideration of the endangerment finding must be undertaken.

11 Feb 2010, 4:02am
by brodie


If the EPA has so much power, then what is the point of the Department of Energy?

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