US Environmental Protection Agency To regulate Greenhouse Gases

April 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

 The Environmental Protection Agency may begin regulating carbon dioxide
and five other greenhouse gases, it announced Friday after concluding
the gases are a danger to public health and welfare.

“This
finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now
and for future generations,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a
statement.

If the EPA begins regulating gases that contribute to
climate change, it could affect everything from the cars people drive
to their sources of electricity.

The proposed finding — the EPA
must hold a public comment period before finalizing any regulations —
states in part: “In both magnitude and probability, climate change is
an enormous problem. The greenhouse gases that are responsible for it
endanger public health and welfare within the meaning of the Clean Air
Act.”

Friday’s announcement comes two years after a Supreme Court
ruling that found the EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide
and other greenhouse gases.

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