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EPA Declares Global Warming Pollutants Hazardous

The announcement allows for national regulations on heat-trapping emissions from cars and power plants.

| April 17, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today officially declared that global warming emissions are pollutants that endanger public health and welfare. The move will allow the agency to regulate heat-trapping emissions from power plants and automobiles under the Clean Air Act.

Below is a statement from Eli Hopson, a Union of Concerned Scientists Washington representative:

“The EPA today officially acknowledged the massive body of scientific research that shows that climate change is harming our health and environment. Heat waves, the spread of tropical diseases, and worsening air quality are all climate-related threats the EPA can help address.

“The EPA needs to establish strong emission reduction policies that complement the energy and climate legislation we expect Congress to pass this year. At the same time, the federal government must allow states to pursue their own aggressive renewable energy and clean car policies.



“By working with Congress to ensure that strong standards are coupled with a comprehensive economy-wide cap on emissions, the Obama administration can ensure that we reduce the risks of global warming while saving consumers money.”

Background Information on the Endangerment Finding: The Bush administration refused to issue this endangerment finding despite the fact the Supreme Court directed it to do so. Political appointees ignored and deliberately suppressed scientific analysis from EPA scientists urging them to act.

dblspeed
5/11/2009 7:40:15 PM

The following is another direct quote from Judge Osteen's decision: "In this case, EPA publicly committed to a conclusion before research had begun; excluded industry by violating the Act's procedural requirements; adjusted established procedure and scientific norms to validate the Agency's public conclusion, and aggressively utilized the Act's authority to disseminate findings to establish a de facto regulatory scheme intended to restrict Plaintiffs, products and to influence public opinion. And people would trust anything the EPA said after that? Perhaps if the Supreme Court found them so lacking, others should too. Such were the findings of the congressional panel of scientists that were put together to assist the Supreme Court with it's findings. Claim the issue is unrelated if you like. But as you can and will see, EPA is just using the same tactics over again. Global Warming Wacko's rejoice, Those of us who favor the truth will continue to secretly protect ourselves from the real problems. Well until they figure out how to tax the sun anyway.


dblspeed
5/11/2009 7:39:04 PM

The following is another direct quote from Judge Osteen's decision: "In this case, EPA publicly committed to a conclusion before research had begun; excluded industry by violating the Act's procedural requirements; adjusted established procedure and scientific norms to validate the Agency's public conclusion, and aggressively utilized the Act's authority to disseminate findings to establish a de facto regulatory scheme intended to restrict Plaintiffs, products and to influence public opinion. And people would trust anything the EPA said after that? Perhaps if the Supreme Court found them so lacking, others should too. Such were the findings of the congressional panel of scientists that were put together to assist the Supreme Court with it's findings. Claim the issue is unrelated if you like. But as you can and will see, EPA is just using the same tactics over again. Global Warming Wacko's rejoice, Those of us who favor the truth will continue to secretly protect ourselves from the real problems. Well until they figure out how to tax the sun anyway.


Phracktivist
5/1/2009 6:48:58 PM

@Kent How is it you are seeing the effects of Global Warming? Last year spring was virtually skipped. Even permaculturists in California were having a very low crop yield due to the cold weather. For the past 2 or 3 years the weather has been much colder than warmer around the globe. This year so far is proving to be rather moderate. I'm really not sure how you're seeing these effects of global warming when for the past few years the Earth has been cooler. Take a look at the Earth's climate history. What we are experiencing is completely normal; weather has always cycled like this. The government doesn't care about the Environment; they just want more money and more control. That's all this is about. Where is the push for sustainable housing, renewable energy, and organic foods? When will the government lift the hemp ban across the country? The alarmism over global warming (or "climate change") simply distracts from real environmental issues and discredits the environmental movement as a whole.







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