Vermont joins global warming federal lawsuit

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Vermont is joining nine other states in suing the federal government over global warming and pollution from power plants.

The states filed the lawsuit today in Washington. They contend the Environmental Protection Agency needs to enact tighter pollution controls on the newest generation of power plants and their carbon dioxide emissions, which are blamed for contributing to global warming.

It’s the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the EPA and Vermont, New York, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and five other states.

The states have fought with the Bush administration for years over carbon dioxide emissions.

Also joining the lawsuit are the cities of Washington and New York and several environmental groups.

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