In one of the most important environmental cases in decades, the justices agreed to review an appeals court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have to regulate the vehicle emissions blamed by most scientists for climate change.
The EPA said in 2003 that global warming has risks but it could not regulate greenhouse gas emissions because Congress had not granted it authority to do so under the Clean Air Act.
In their appeal, the states, cities and green groups said the issues raised by the case merited Supreme Court review and go to the heart of the EPA's legal responsibilities "to address the most pressing environmental challenge of our time."
They argued that the head of the EPA does have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other air pollutants associated with climate change.
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