Monday, May 14, 2007

President's Executive Order on Energy Security & Climate Change

President Bush signed an Executive Order on Energy Security and Climate Change directing EPA, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture to coordinate on the development of possible regulatory actions to address the emissions from mobile sources that contribute to global climate change. The Bush Administration is taking the first regulatory step to address greenhouse gas emissions from cars.

On April 2, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act provided EPA the statutory authority to regulate greenhouse emissions from new vehicles if EPA determines whether such emissions endanger public health and welfare under the Clean Air Act.

While the President’s “Twenty in Ten” plan, which would increase the supply of renewable and alternative fuel and reform the CAFE standards, will serve as a guide, EPA has not reached any conclusions about what any final rule will look like. By federal law, EPA must follow a specific process and take several steps before issuing a final regulation.

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