In November 2006, the European Commission reduced the Slovak quota of carbon dioxide emissions for five years starting 2008, from the 41.2 million tonnes a year, proposed by the Slovakian government, to 30.9 million tonnes. "As the investments and strategic decisions in this industry are planned for 20 years in advance, the decision of the commission raises insecurity in industrial circles," the president of US Steel Kosice, David H Lohr, said during a meeting with Slovak's environmental minister Jaroslav Izak.
Such activities harm animals in the Beaufort Sea and adjacent coastal plains, where global warming is shrinking ice sheets which are critical to the survival of these species, says the group. The suit asks the court to declare the regulations unlawful and require the agency to do a thorough analysis of how global warming and oil exploration and development is affecting polar bears, walruses and other species in the Arctic. The suit also seeks a new regulation based on such analysis.
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