But then the federal judge gave the Bush administration until next March to issue a climate-change research plan and its first-ever scientific assessment report on climate change. A possible appeal could drag out the case longer, and thus delay both plan and report.
The last research plan was back in 2003, and the last assessment was issued by the Clinton Administration. Of course, the folks in charge have been a little busy with Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and elections. Besides, there's no sea water in the White House basement yet. And they've all been workin' hard, real hard.
The lawsuit was filed by a bunch of pushy enviornmentalists who seem to think the federal government should do something, or at least write about it.