EPA historic ruling sets path to regulate greenhouse gases

April 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Reversing a policy of taking a blind eye to anything that might get in the way of big business during the previous administration, the EPA under the Obama administrations lead, has formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare. The E.P.A. said the science supporting its endangerment finding was “compelling and overwhelming,” that it is endangering public health and welfare and falls within the meaning of the Clean Air Act.” The ruling triggers a 60-day comment period before any proposed regulations governing emissions of greenhouse gases are published. 

The United States has come under fierce international criticism for trailing other industrialized nations in moving to regulate carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants. The finding bolsters the Obama administration’s standing heading into international talks in December on addressing climate change. This action also opens the door to broad emissions limits in all other parts of the economy, including automobiles, utilities, and a host of other large emitters of the greenhouse gases, which some critics say could further stall an already recessionary economy. Administration officials insist they’d prefer to let Congress set those limits and that they will help spur millions of clean-energy jobs in the years to come. However, the E.P.A.’s announcement on Friday did not include any specific targets for reducing greenhouse gases or new requirements for energy efficiency in vehicles, power plants or industry.

Source: NY Times


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One Response to “EPA historic ruling sets path to regulate greenhouse gases”

  1. Jaxon on April 17th, 2009 3:22 pm

    get ready for higher energy cots:

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