Power Firms Sued Over Carbon Dioxide
Thursday, July 22, 2004; Page A22
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Eight states and New York City sued some of the nation's largest power companies Wednesday to try to force them to decrease their emissions of carbon dioxide.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's federal court, seeks to force the industry to make changes that officials say could help avert an environmental catastrophe.
New York City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo says continued neglect could lead to flooding of runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport or of the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.
Others said the effects of global warming are already being felt as hot air worsens asthma in the young and permits the population of disease-carrying insects such as ticks to flourish.
The eight states involved are California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.
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