States move to force EPA to respond to ruling on global warming

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Attorneys general from 17 states, including Vermont, and several environmental groups are taking the EPA back to court to try to force it comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush administration for inaction on global warming.

The court decided a year ago that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and ordered the EPA to take action.

But the states said in a court filing yesterday that the EPA has not issued a decision on regulation. Their court filing seeks to compel the EPA to act within 60 days.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said EPA is failing to deal with the dangers of global warming.

An EPA spokesman says the Supreme Court required the agency to evaluate how it would regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and other vehicles but set no deadline.

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