Salt Lake City is urging President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to "swiftly employ and enforce" the Clean Air Act to battle climate change.
Noting a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that defined carbon dioxide as an air pollutant regulated by the Clean Air Act, the City Council on Tuesday night approved a joint resolution with Mayor Ralph Becker asking for federal action. The resolution also asserts the city's pride "on being a leader in protecting the environment, with particular emphasis on clean air."
Peter Ashcroft, a Salt Lake City resident backing the resolution, told council members in an afternoon work session that the nudge from local leaders is important because federal authority over greenhouse gas emissions has been "under attack" virtually since the Supreme Court ruling. The EPA has used the authority to increase vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, but stricter regulations have been elusive.