Carmakers, Chamber of Commerce continue waiver wars

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Two groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government for its decision to let California and other states regulate greenhouse gases from tailpipes. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Business leaders and car dealers want the D.C. Circuit court of appeals to review a July decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. After a five-year fight, that agency granted a waiver of federal law to California, allowing the state to set its own standards for tailpipe pollution linked to global warming.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Auto Dealers Association say there’s no legal basis for the federal government’s decision. They argue that global warming is an international concern, so local, regional, or state governments don’t have authority to regulate the problem.

In a statement, the EPA counters that it based its decision on a comprehensive scientific analysis. California Air Resources Board chief Mary Nichols says the lawsuit represents an outdated course of action. California’s proceeding with plans to set lower limits on carbon emissions, but the filers of the lawsuit could still try to block the program.