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John Kerry on Massachusetts vs. EPA Supreme Court Verdict

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John Kerry on Massachusetts vs. EPA Supreme Court Verdict

John Kerry made the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.

"It's an historic moment when the Supreme Court has to step in to protect the environment from the Bush Administration. Now that the White House must go back and take a fresh look at regulating greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, they must take the challenge seriously.

"Science tells us we have a 10 year window in which to avoid a climate change catastrophe. The time to act is now. Massachusetts has led the way, the Supreme Court has spoken, Americans are making themselves heard, and we're going to keep fighting until a serious solution to climate change is enacted."

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 13 environmental groups, and 11 other states claimed victory today, after they sued the EPA last year.


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