As expected, most of the challenges brought before the U.S. appeals court on the EPA’s Clean Air Act rulings have been met with skepticism. The two-day hearing ended today.
Among the plaintiffs in the bundled lawsuit is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has accused the EPA of pursuing a political agenda instead of an environmental one. He has also compared the agency to a dog needing to be “fixed.”
Cuccinelli and his corporate polluter cronies –including representatives from chemical, mining, and dirty energy industries, are challenging the scientific credibility of the EPA’s ruling that greenhouse gasses, including carbon pollution, are likely responsible for global warming and a threat to human life and environmental health. At the same time, they are demanding the EPA ignore science and tailor its rulings to the interests of their industries and states.
On the first day of the hearings, the three-judge panel addressed the main accusation of the lawsuits by stating they were required by law to defer to the EPA’s judgment in scientific matters, as the agency is the arm of the government mandated by law to determine science-based threats to human life and environmental health.
A ruling is expected within the next few months, and will likely favor the EPA’s carbon pollution rulings.