U.S. Supreme Court Victory is a Win for Wildlife

Victory "opens up a new front in the fight against global warming"

04-02-2007 // Christine Dorsey

Statement by Larry Schweiger
President, National Wildlife Federation

WASHINGTON, DC -- "The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the power to regulate global warming pollution from tailpipes under the Clean Air Act.

"This victory opens up a new front in the fight against global warming pollution.

"The nation's highest court weighed the evidence and found that global warming pollution from tailpipes is threatening wildlife and people and that the administration is authorized to act.

"The decision confirms that President Bush, as well as any future president, has the authority under existing laws to curb global warming pollution without further action by Congress.

"Momentum for action has been building for months. The public, business leaders, governors and mayors from all across the nation are calling for action to confront global warming. Congress is likely to consider global warming legislation this summer.

"The science is unambiguous. The authority is confirmed. Now, EPA must act. Delay is not an option.

"The National Wildlife Federation filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of conservation groups, state wildlife agencies and wildlife professionals outlining the long and growing list of scientific studies showing the very real threat global warming poses to wildlife and ecosystems across the nation.
"Global warming is putting the future of wildlife at stake. This ruling gives hope for the future of wildlife."

Jeremy Symons, director of National Wildlife Federation's global warming campaign, is available for interviews. Call him directly at 202-306-7902.

The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Immediate Release: April 2, 2007
Contact: Christine Dorsey--802-229-0650, ext. 334 or 703-470-8869

Related Resources
  • Supporting Document
    Brief of Amici Curiae (pdf)

    Wildlife Conservation Intersts In Support of Petitioners.