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?
Washington Post Editor on December 7, 2009 2:11 PM
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
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
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
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.
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.