States seek court standing to defend EPA emissions rules

The list of states that filed the motion overlaps heavily with the states that won a landmark Supreme Court case on global warming in 2007. The high court ruled that EPA must regulate heat-trapping emissions under the Clean Air Act if it concludes they pose a threat.

The filing Friday cites several reasons why the states have a stake in the industry challenge, such as the effects of rising sea levels on Massachusetts, threats to states’ hardwood forests – and thus tourism – from climate change, and higher ozone pollution due to higher temperatures. Ozone pollution creates and worsens respiratory problems.

The states that filed the motion Friday are:

Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The City of New York joined them.