Oct. 15, 2013 - The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to Southeastern Legal Foundation's case challenging the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations, the so-called "climate change" rules. The high court's decision to hear the case signals the critical importance of this matter. The court will hear arguments in February 2014.
June 13, 2013 Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield points to recent mainstream media coverage about the unexplained gaps in scientific evidence about man-made global warming to call on climate alarmists to come to the table for a "rational debate" about appropriate policies on greenhouse gas emissions and energy policy - click here for article
SLF submits formal comments in a blockbuster U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules docket that proposes radical changes to 36 states' State Implementation Rules (SIPs) governing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) under the Clean Air Act:
- EPA has not demonstrated that SIPs used for decades are inadequate - therefore, EPA has no authority to enact new, harsher rules.
- The "sue and settle" maneuver, starting with a seemingly unrelated federal court lawsuit in the Northern District of California filed by Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians and resulting in new rules docket in Washington, DC designed to cover nearly 80% of the United States, is designed to "fly under the radar" of accepted rulemaking scrutiny.
- For decades, EPA has approved startup, shutdown, and malfunction provisions in SIPs without interruption - until now.
- 36 states are now under threat of new, harsh rules that are without precedent - or justified by proof of violation of existing rules.
- Once again, as with the EPA greenhouse gas emissions (climate change) regulations now before the U.S. Supreme Court, EPA has ignored precedent and grabbed executive/regulatory power beyond that allowed under the Clean Air Act - and without Congressional authorization.
March 8, 2013: SLF and Competitive Enterprise Institute make the case that EPA greenhouse gas regulations designed to "help" alleged global warming actually cost $21 billion a year in new costs and taxes for the American people and no net benefit for the environment - and, Obama's EPA has reached beyond its authority under the Clean Air Act - Forbes Magazine
Southeastern Legal Foundation today filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court challenging the Obama Administration's EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, the so-called "global warming/climate change" regulations - SLF represents 12 members of Congress, 15 companies and associations, and has been joined in the appeal by Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, and the Science and Environmental Policy Project - $1 trillion and millions of job at stake as SLF challenges the power of the EPA to enact new regulations under the Clean Air Act without congressional authorization - see inside for full brief -