US court rules against Bush in global warming case

Submitted by Charles Frost on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 13:37.

US court rules against Bush in global warming case

The US government has lost one of the most important environmental cases to reach the Supreme Court in decades.

The nation's highest court has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency does have the power to regulate harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Until now the agency had refused to determine carbon dioxide and other emissions from new cars and trucks that contribute to climate change.

But the court said the agency offered no reasoned explanations for its unwilligness to to take action.

It is a massive defeat for the Bush administration which has consistenly argued that any move to cap greenhouse gas emission would be bad for business and US workers.

The ruling coincides with the start of an international meeting in Brussels to discuss global warming.

Belgium's Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, opened the conference by warning delegates that only tough financial penalties can make people realise we're on a highway to extinction.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change aims to produce the second of a UN backed four volume review.


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I look forward to see which members of the court ruled how.

The Age of Warming, a report about glaciers melting in South America and Antarctica on last night's 60 Minutes showed that there is no time to spare. Find it here.


Just kidding, the vote was 5 to 4.  This is a critical ruling for the planet and a long deserved kick in the head to the domestic auto marketers and manufacturers.