Attorney General Jerry Brown is suing the federal EPA again, this time for ignoring California’s pleas to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships, airplanes and industrial equipment.
Brown is scheduled to host a press gaggle Thursday morning in Long Beach to tout his lawsuit, which he insists was brought about by the EPA’s failure to answer any of his three petitions for regulatory help stemming back to October 2007. Brown in a statement called “pathetically weak” an EPA “advanced notice of rulemaking” published on July 11.
“The EPA’s proposal contains hundreds of pages of discussion and facts but never once states that greenhouse gases endanger public health or welfare -- the legal foundation for fashioning regulations,” Brown, a potential candidate for governor in 2010, said in a prepared statement.
Brown already sued the EPA in December 2007 after it denied California’s request to impose new rules on greenhouse gas emissions from cars.
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said earlier this month that it would be too cumbersome to try to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and urged Congress to draft new regulations – effectively punting the issue to the next presidential administration. Which begs the question: Given the proverbial slow-turning wheels of justice, why doesn’t Brown just wait six months until a new, almost assuredly more receptive president is sworn into office? No doubt Brown will be asked that very question Thursday morning.
— Cheryl Miller