Ten states to sue Bush Administration over fuel economy standards
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Monday May 1, 2006
Ten states, including California and New York, plan to file suit this week to force the Bush administration to toughen mileage regulations for sport utility vehicles and other trucks, the New York Times will report on Tuesday page ones. Excerpts:
The suit, which the states will announce on Tuesday, contends that the administration did not do a rigorous enough analysis of the environmental benefits of fuel economy regulations, as required by law, before issuing new rules for SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans last month. The suit will also claim that the government did not consider the impact of gasoline consumption on climate change when devising the new rules.
While the states have initiated a number of suits over Washington's environmental policies, the new suit is the first to take aim at federal fuel economy regulations. With gasoline returning to $3 a gallon in many parts of the country, there has been a broad outcry for action but little consensus on what to do.
Senate Republicans have proposed a $200 rebate to help taxpayers pay gas bills -- the proposal has been met with criticism even from the right -- while President Bush has asked for congressional authority to revise mileage regulations for passenger cars. He already has the authority to do so for SUVs and other trucks.
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