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What's the impact of the EPA's warning on public health?

Do you think EPA's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health will prod Congress to agree on its own method for limiting emissions? If not, what do you think would be the environmental and economic impact of the EPA regulations? Will this convince other countries that the U.S. is likely to make deep cuts in carbon in the near future?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on December 7, 2009 2:11 PM
FROM THE PANEL

EPA finding should spur action

The EPA endangerment finding was released as scientists confirmed that the 2000's were the warmest decade on record and as 192 countries began negotiations on a new global climate agreement. The news of the finding was welcomed in Copenhagen, where the world looks for the US to join every other nation as they come together to halt dangerous climate change.

Posted by Carter S. Roberts, on December 11, 2009 1:28 PM

Momentum for Copenhagen

This week's EPA announcement is a further demonstration that President Obama's administration is committed to tackling climate change. We hope it will provide additional momentum and motivation to American negotiators at Copenhagen, and will help the world achieve its goal of a fair and ambitious global deal.

Posted by Nigel Sheinwald, on December 10, 2009 11:23 AM

A finding based on inescapable evidence

In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act and ordered the EPA to re-examine its refusal to limit the emissions of these gases from vehicles.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on December 10, 2009 8:15 AM

EPA regulation is doable, legislation is preferable

With the Environment Protection Agency's endangerment finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions endanger the public health and welfare, the Obama administration is now poised to regulate them from automobiles and large sources such as power plants and factories under the Clean Air Act.

Posted by Ned Helme, on December 9, 2009 1:59 PM

The threat of bad regulations doesn't make a bad treaty any better

It says a lot that the only global warming policy with legs right now is the one least subject to public accountability.

Posted by Ben Lieberman, on December 9, 2009 11:30 AM

The EPA Strikes Back

Over many years, the Clean Air Act has been a successful piece of legislation for managing pollutants, such as sulfur from coal combustion, which in the past have resulted in damage to forests, cities and ultimately human health.

Posted by David Hone, on December 8, 2009 3:26 PM

Endangerment finding in wake of MA vs. EPA

We in Massachusetts take particular pride in seeing Administrator Lisa Jackson moving forward with the endangerment finding in the wake of the landmark Massachusetts vs. EPA Supreme Court decision.

Posted by Ian Bowles, on December 7, 2009 3:55 PM

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