Gallery: Federal Judge Blocks Part of California’s Climate Change Law


A federal judge in Fresno, California has blocked a portion of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, which aims to lower the carbon life cycle of fuel entering the state. The judge ruled that the state of California had no right to demand lower carbon life cycles from gasoline, diesel fuel, and biofuels entering the state from out of state companies because of the federal interstate commerce clause. The judge then blocked enforcement of that specific part of California’s AB32 which could have saved the state 16 million metric tons of emissions. The Air Resources Board, however, says that provisions in the EPA’s Clean Air Act allow states to regulate air pollution.

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  1. Chris1973 January 3, 2012 at 2:38 am

    It wasn’t just “oil.” Farmers and Alternative Fuel producers filed suit as well. And the judge looked at their complaints objectively and saw that they were right.

  2. Eletruk January 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This Federal Judge was appointed by G.W. Bush, so a decision on the side of oil is not a surprise from this guy.

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