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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:43 PM

Court - EPA "Unambiguously Correct" In Assertion Of Authority To Regulate GHGs Cars, Industry

A federal appeals court on Tuesday knocked down efforts by Texas and others to halt government action against global warming.

Judges rejected opponents’ attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate science. They said the EPA was “unambiguously correct” in asserting its authority to regulate climate-changing gases from tailpipes and industrial smokestacks.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned away arguments by Texas, other states and industry groups that the EPA overstepped its authority and embraced unproven, politically driven science on global warming.

Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott have attacked climate science and the steps the federal government has begun taking to reduce greenhouse gases, such as planning future standards for vehicles and big industries. Alone among the states, Texas refused to cooperate this year when the EPA began requiring large companies to apply for greenhouse gas permits.



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