Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions because they are a danger to public health and welfare. The court also upheld the EPA's auto efficiency standards.
"The ruling is a victory for science and good news for the health of the American people," Eshoo said.
The ruling came three years to the day since the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act that would have established a nationwide cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The bill contained several provisions championed by Rep. Eshoo to spur the deployment of and develop the infrastructure for electric drive vehicles, help drive the adoption of energy efficient information and communications technologies in the federal government, incentivize renewable energy projects such as solar projects, and create a National Clean Technology Business Competition to help accelerate the growth of clean technology companies in America.