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10 December 2010, 4:09 PM
Court clears the way for EPA to stay the course on global warming pollution

This afternoon. the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals swatted down big polluters' attempts to block this nation's most important progress on cutting climate change pollution. This court decision is a huge victory for clean air in America and for progress on climate change.

A coalition of Texas polluters are responsible, yet again, for this unsuccessful effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from curbing global warming pollution from moving vehicles and the biggest industry polluters.

Earthjustice and others represented Environmental Defense Fund as a court intervenor in opposing the polluters' motions for a court stay on the endangerment finding and the EPA's action on carbon pollution, which has been scientifically found to harm and endanger human health and welfare.

Reacting to today's court decision,Earthjustice attorney David Baron said:

The facts show that climate change pollution is major threat to us and our children, and that delay in attacking the problem just isn't acceptable. The facts also show that we can take strong, commonsense steps to curb climate pollution without harming businesses or the economy. It is time to get on with the business of cleaning up our air, protecting America's future and creating clean-energy jobs.

Now, it's also time for members of Congress, especially the leaders of the incoming Congress, to take their rightful cue from this court decision and begin working on building a clean-energy economy instead of blocking it.

The big polluters who have been trying to stall and obstruct progress, and their handmaidens in Congress -- many of the newly elected representatives and many of the new Republican committee chairpersons -- would be well-served to listen, and instead of spending their time protesting safeguards for the American public, they should start working on creating a healthy, safe, and prosperous future for America.

I live in California's Central Valley - Fresno. I believe as an individual looking at the final stage toxic encephalopathy and toxic disease, the end is becoming more apparent as the air quality worsens. I also have a mental/physiological disability and am severely impaired by the toxicity of Fresno's air. For the first time in almost three weeks, we actually got to see some sunshine today! The skies are polluted with dense toxic clouds of heavy metals and toxic chemicals constantly. It gets worse in the wee hours of the morning.

I am believing more and more that this pollution is intentional and a serious environmental crime. In any other country or state, it would be called "genocide!" God help us if the culprits are not brought to justice!

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