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Supreme Court Rules Against Bush Administration in Warming Case

Taking Center Stage

Nearly every day we hear a new revelation about the rapid onset of global warming: glaciers receding, polar bears and baby harp seals drowning. And the scientific studies keep on piling up. There is no longer any real doubt: the planet, as Al Gore recently told Congress, has a fever and it's past time to do something about it.

What, Me Worry?

Several organizations petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to issue Clean Air Act regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The agency refused, arguing that the law gives it no such authority, and -- even if it did have such authority -- it had no interest in such regulations anyway.

No More Head-in-the-Sand

A broad coalition of states, cities, and citizen groups -- including Earthjustice -- went to court, and on April 2, 2007, the justices told the EPA that it was wrong, and that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are indeed pollutants that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act. It's a landmark decision with broad ramifications throughout the country that should jump-start the effort to reverse warming.