As expected, California filed suit yesterday against the U.S. EPA over EPA's December 19 denial of California's request for a Clean Air Act. As many as 16 other states had been expected to follow California's lead and adopt similar emissions standards, and it is expected that many of these states will in turn join California's lawsuit. Concerning EPA's December 19 decision, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said, "There's absolutely no justification for the administration's action. It's illegal. It's unconscionable and a gross dereliction of duty." California Governor Schwarzenegger further stated, "EPA officials are ignoring the will of millions of people who want their government to take action in the fight against global warming."
EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson believes the federal government is moving in the right direction with the Energy Bill the president signed in December. The bill set new fuel standards to 35 mpg by 2020. Johnson said, "Under this unified approach the country will achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone."