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Governor Baldacci Supports EPA Efforts to Fight Greenhouse Gas Emissions

February 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Governor John E. Baldacci today released the following statement strongly supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Clean Air Act can cover greenhouse gas emissions. Maine had joined California and a number of other states in suing the EPA to overturn the refusal of the Bush Administration to regulate greenhouse gases. EPA is now following the law.

“Efforts to undermine the EPA’s efforts are a direct contradiction of the law and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Governor Baldacci said. “Absent comprehensive federal legislation, the current approach is the best tool the EPA has to protect our economy and the health of our people from the harmful effects of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.”

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