Vermont joins legal battle over global warming

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(Host) Vermont has joined 11 other states in a legal effort to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

The action is the latest effort to force the EPA to address global warming. In August, the EPA issued two rulings that said it did not have the legal authority to control carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The states say this contradicts many previous statements by the EPA that could in fact regulate the gases that contribute to global warming. Erik Titrud is a Vermont assistant attorney general.

(Titrud) “We hope to achieve a court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency is authorized to regulate greenhouse gases and then begin the process to determine in what manner we can begin the reductions of greenhouse gases.”

(Host) Governor Jim Douglas says he supports the legal action. While the governor is a Republican, he has disagreed with the Bush administration on several air pollution issues.

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