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7 states to sue EPA over emissions

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February 21, 2003

WASHINGTON -- Seven states are promising a lawsuit to force the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the latest in a string of challenges by states and cities to the Bush administration's go-slow approach on climate change.

The prospect of a global warming lawsuit by seven state attorneys general, all Democrats, was announced Thursday, based on the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency is violating the Clean Air Act in not addressing the climate issue.

The states contend the EPA hasn't analyzed the health and environmental impacts of power plant emissions as it is required to do every eight years. Because of new scientific evidence about global warming, such an analysis would show that carbon dioxide should be added to the list of emissions considered to be regulated pollutants, the lawsuit will argue.

The latest legal effort is coordinated by Eliot Spitzer, New York's attorney general. The other states are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington.

Bush promotes tax cuts

KENNESAW, Ga. -- President Bush worked to build support for his tax cut proposals Thursday, including an appeal to America's stock "ownership society" to help his embattled plan to eliminate taxes on stock dividends.

"More consumption and investment means somebody more likely to find work," Bush said.

Bush picked up the first support for the plan from a Senate Democrat, Zell Miller of Georgia, a conservative who also supported Bush's first round of tax cuts in 2001.

However, a larger problem for Bush than lack of Democratic support for his broader tax-cut plans is that many Republicans aren't too keen on them, either.

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