LINK WASHINGTON -- Ten states, led by California, sued the federal government Tuesday to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The lawsuit contends the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to conduct a thorough analysis of the environmental benefits of fuel economy regulations and the impact of gasoline consumption on climate change. "The federal agency has ignored the law that requires integrating environmental impacts into their standard-setting," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in an interview with The Associated Press. The states filed a petition for review with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The action follows the release of a government rule in late March setting tighter gas mileage rules for pickups, SUVs and vans covering the 2008-2011 model years..... Hmm. Imagine that. The 9th ciruit court of appeals. Thanx a bunch. My tax $$ at work.