A think tank is preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to demand that the agency set up a cap-and-trade system for the transportation sector to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from fuels.
“We think the agency’s powers are super clear,” said Michael Livermore, executive director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, which notified EPA of its lawsuit plans Wednesday.
The institute had petitioned EPA to craft the regulations in 2009 and says the public’s urgency for discussing climate change is heightened after Hurricane Sandy pounded New York, New Jersey and much of the rest of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
“The damage caused by superstorm Sandy was widely linked to some of the potential risks associated with a warming planet. It highlighted the need to work faster to bring down emissions,” Livermore said.
The cap the group is seeking would limit the amount of fuel going into the U.S. economy from refiners and fuel importers, Livermore told POLITICO.