California Attorney General to sue Bush Administration
over gas mileage standards
California Attorney General Jerry Brown
By Ari Barak
May 13, 2007
A San Francisco federal appeals court on Monday morning will
hear a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Jerry Brown and
several other states against "weak" gas mileage standards
adopted by the Bush administration, the Attorney General's office
Brown is scheduled to hold a news conference on the steps of
the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco announcing
the lawsuit, which alleges that a recent increase by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration in vehicle mileage standards
for sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and minivans runs contrary
to federal rules mandating energy conservation, according to the
Attorney General's office.
"It is unconscionable to have a one-mile-per-gallon mileage
boost," Brown said in a statement released by his office.
"We are asking the court to reject this dangerously weak
According to the Attorney General's office, the Bush administration's
approval last year of an increase in vehicle mileage standards
from 22.2 mpg to 23.5 mpg by 2010 "primarily emphasized the
financial costs to the auto industry instead of seriously considering
the cost to the environment and people's health."
Accompanying Brown in the lawsuit are the states of New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, New
Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as the District
of Columbia, New York City and several environmental groups.
Brown's news conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on the front
steps of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at 95 Seventh St.
The case is expected to be heard at about 10 a.m., according to
the Attorney General's office.
The NHTSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation,
oversees motor vehicle and highway safety education, research,
standards and enforcement.
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