Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Massachusetts v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a challenge brought by twelve states to EPA’s refusal to reduce global warming pollution from new motor vehicles. The case gives the Court the opportunity to clarify that EPA must regulate global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.
Community Rights Counsel (CRC) filed a brief in support of Supreme Court review on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, American Planning Association, and the City of Seattle.
“This is great news for America and for local officials across the country who have been leading the effort to combat global warming in the absence of a meaningful federal response,” said Doug Kendall, CRC’s Executive Director.
“Local officials are literally on the front lines of global warming. They have the task of protecting people and places from the intense hurricanes, severe flooding, and deadly heat waves that global warming is likely to bring,” explained Jennifer Bradley, CRC’s Federalism Project Director. “Local officials are doing everything they can, but they cannot solve global warming on their own.”