Seven state attorneys general have written a letter this week, released today, urging senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman to retain key state authorities on combating climate change in their upcoming bill (The Hill, National Journal). The letter, from the AGs of California, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, follows two recent letters (see ClimateWire, subs. required) from 14 senators and from 14 state environmental protection agencies that called for some similar steps. (Update: And here's an April 7 letter to KGL from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies).
The attorneys general write:
"... federal climate legislation that builds on, and works in conjunction with, existing and ongoing State initiatives is not only consistent with a long-established model of federal and State partnership, but will also create a robust and effective legislative scheme that will maximize environmental and economic benefits. Indeed, the great majority of federal environmental statutes allow States to adopt standards and requirements that are more stringent than federal law. For more than 40 years, this model has worked effectively to improve the nation’s environment, protect public health and welfare, and stimulate innovation through creative state experimentation."
Last week William Buzbee laid out some of the key arguments in favor of not preempting state and local authorities on climate change.
More from the AGs after the jump.
"... States have adopted emission targets and caps, automobile emission ...