Saturday June 16, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Attorney General William Sorrell says Vermont is joining six other states that are banding together in a lawsuit seeking cleaner fuel standards for motor vehicles.

Vermont on Friday filed an amicus or "friend of the court" brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supporting California's appeal of a lower court's rulings invalidating its low carbon fuel standard.

California adopted its low carbon fuel standard for transportation fuels as a key part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Sorrell says the federal government has been slow to take action on climate change. He says Vermont needs to have the ability to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard as one of its tools to confront climate change.