While making good on his vow last week to replicate California's landmark auto emissions standards via executive order, Florida Governor Charlie Crist joined fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzennegger in yet another aspect of the global warming fight. And this one involves a legal ultimatum for the EPA:
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday that he will help California in its battle with the federal government over carbon dioxide emissions from cars, which could include joining a lawsuit his West Coast counterpart is preparing to file this fall.
For several years, the EPA claimed that it lacked the authority to regulate carbon dioxide or other gases implicated in global warming. But in April, as a result of a lawsuit from a number of states including California, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA did have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide.
Crist also announced that he had written EPA Administrator Steven Johnson in support of California's petition to set higher auto emissions standards, and that he was backing new legislation by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) forcing the EPA to act on the states' requests within thirty days.
Nelson's legislation also would enable all states to go beyond federal emissions standards; currently, only California is entitled to do so and only with the EPA's approval, while other states could then only mirror its standards.