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April 2, 2007

Governor, Attorney General Praise US Supreme Court Decision Giving EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Oregon was one of twelve states that brought successful suit against the Bush administration.

Salem - Today, the United States Supreme Court sided with the State of Oregon, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the federal Clean Air Act. The state was one of twelve, along with environmental advocates, who brought the suit against the EPA last spring after the Bush administration refused to adopt emission standards to reduce global warming emissions.

"Today the Supreme Court confirmed that scientific evidence, not the political proclivities of the Bush administration, must be the basis for our efforts to address climate change," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "I am proud of the hard work of Oregon and the other states that brought this suit and continue to push for stronger federal action on the clear danger posed by global warming."

In today's decisions, the Court agreed with the states' argument that the EPA's failure to adopt rules to reduce air pollution from new vehicles was unlawful. Contrary to EPA's arguments, existing federal law authorizes the agency to control carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles.  EPA can avoid controlling carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles only if it finds that such emissions don't endanger public health or the environment.

"This is a win for Oregon and a win for all Americans," stated Attorney General Hardy Myers. "I am pleased that the US Supreme Court agreed that the harms of carbon dioxide emissions are real and supported by scientific facts and that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate them."

The ruling also bolsters the prospects for Oregon, California and Washington's "Clean Car Initiative" to limit vehicle tailpipe emissions, which is currently being challenged by the auto industry in federal court.

Today's ruling reversed an earlier ruling of the appellate court and remanded the case for further proceedings.


Stephanie Soden, (503) 378-6002
Jake Weigler (Governor's Office), 503-378-6496 |
Uri Papish (DEQ), 503.229.6480 |
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