EPA Releases Bush-Era Global Warming Finding

October 14, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Environmental Protection Agency has released a scientific report, long-sequestered by the Bush administration because they didn’t like it’s conclusions. Can’t have facts getting in the way of policy! The 29-page EPA analysis (pdf) concluded that the government should begin to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions because climate change is a serious threat to the country.

Known as an “endangerment finding,” the report was prepared in 2007 as part of the Bush administration’s response to the Supreme Court’s April 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, but the White House refused to make it public because it opposed governmental efforts to control the emissions that most scientists believe is the major cause of global warming. This is the first time the complete document has been made public, though its existence was known as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) last summer released excerpts. An agency spokeswoman said that “conclusions reached then by EPA scientists should have been made public and should have been considered.” The Obama administration released similar finding in April, but linked greenhouse gas emission threats to both public health and welfare.

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