Administration sued on pollution emissions

February 21, 2003|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A coalition of state attorneys general announced plans yesterday to sue the Bush administration for not regulating carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.

The coalition from New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington and Rhode Island says the administration's regulatory failure flagrantly violates the Clean Air Act and shows a dangerous indifference to global warming.

"This problem will not disappear through wishful thinking or artful spinning," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said yesterday in a telephone conference call with the other states' attorneys general. "By belittling greenhouse gas emissions as a danger ... , the Bush administration betrays its legal duty."

Carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned. It is widely considered a leading cause of global warming, which through drastic climate change poses a significant environmental threat.

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