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April 17, 2009

EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions “Major Health Hazard”

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 10:28 pm
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I got an e-mail about this earlier in the day when the news broke, but I wanted to hold off on posting about it until there was a news article out which addressed what happened.  This is a very significant step, and means that if Congress doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA can do it.  This will only encourage Congress to pass a bill since they would prefer to have a steering hand in the legislation rather than let the executive branch do it.  The link to the article is here with both the protagonists and antagonists quoted.  The e-mail I received from EDF earlier is pasted below.

 

 

*** BREAKING NEWS *** BREAKING NEWS *** BREAKING NEWS ***

Dear Matthew,

In an historic decision moments ago, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson issued a proposed ruling that global warming pollution “endangers” Americans’ health and well-being.

 

Today’s action sets the stage for using authority under the Clean Air Act to establish national emission standards for large global warming emitters.

EDF’s deputy general counsel Vickie Patton says that with today’s announcement, “The U.S. is taking its first steps as a nation to confront climate change. EPA’s action is a wake up-call for national policy solutions that secure our economic and environmental future.”

The EPA is now expected to begin developing national emission standards for new motor vehicles and new coal-fired power plants, the nation’s two largest sources of global warming pollution.

Today’s action comes as Congress prepares to take its own historic steps toward enacting a cap on global warming pollution.

Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin hearings on comprehensive energy and climate legislation and move quickly to a vote on the bill. Chairman Henry Waxman has committed to moving the bill — the American Clean Energy and Security Act — out of committee by Memorial Day.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to bring the bill to the House floor this year.

With EPA’s decision as a backdrop, we will continue our all-out campaign to pressure Congress to pass a cap on America’s global warming pollution as the most effective way to stop global warming and unleash our clean energy future.

Please go to the Green Room to share your thoughts on today’s announcement.

Thanks for your activism and support.

Sincerely,
Sam Parry
Director of Online Membership and Activism
Environmental Defense Fund

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7 Comments »

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  7. EPA should not only monitor emissions from US factories, but also estimate the emissions caused by imported products. If this were to be the case, independent monitoring groups would have to certify the factories overseas for US importers.

    Comment by cems — November 12, 2009 @ 3:23 pm | Reply


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