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Carter S. Roberts
President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter S. Roberts

Carter S. Roberts is president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, who also serves on the boards of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, InterAction and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University. ALL POSTS

EPA finding should spur action

Q: 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?

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. Meanwhile, comprehensive climate and energy legislation remains stalled in the Senate.

The timing is not coincidental. The science is unmistakable and irrefutable and the Administration knows it has an obligation to act. The finding also served as a shot across the bow for the Senate, showing that carbon regulation is coming; either through a market-based climate and clean energy bill or based on the existing mandates of the Clean Air Act.

Clearly, the preference is for the former, as the administration itself has said repeatedly. But if the Senate refuses to act, the EPA will have no choice but to enforce the Clean Air Act to protect American health and welfare, as directed by the US Supreme Court. Make no mistake, the Clean Air Act has for decades been an important tool in protecting our environment and the health of all Americans, and it must remain a weapon in our arsenal for addressing climate change.

But it alone is not enough. The scale of the climate problem requires a comprehensive climate bill - one that will bring down emissions throughout the US economy, provide incentives for consumers and industry to implement efficiency measures, while creating good jobs.

Although the Administration, most NGOs and the business community, prefer a legislative solution, Congress has not yet delivered the goods. Let's hope Senators heed this wake-up call and move to protect the public welfare while ushering America into the 21st Century economy.

By Carter S. Roberts  |  December 11, 2009; 1:28 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg     Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What would you say Mr. Wildlife Fund man, if about a hundred million or so Americans decided they just weren't going to comply and allow themselved to be enslaved, bilked and economically strangled by you global warming hucksters? What would you do then? Send out the storm troopers? They'll get a warm reception I suspect!

Posted by: jsbar | December 13, 2009 10:26 PM
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The EPA is choosing the harder more complicated method that does not solve the problem.

New technology, jobs and money are not the solution; they continue the same employment lifestyle that pollutes our air, land, water and food leading to disease and death. It leads to corruption, bribery etc. like the Climate Change ideas in Copenhagen.

http://divine-way.com/solution_for_un_climate_change_conference_in_copenhagen_dec_2009.html

The United Nations Climate Change Conference process is
COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE and DANGEROUS to the TRUE GOALS.

Reducing CO2 emissions cuts growth capacity of plants necessary for SURVIVAL.

Signing a BINDING AGREEMENT under United Nations takes away FREEDOM.

Promising poor nations money to sign a binding agreement is bribery to take their authority to govern their resources leading to conflicts and wars.

CAP and TRADE is a loophole for rich nations to avoid compliance and
it invites and creates bribery, corruption, bondage and servitude.

The employment lifestyle causes the world problems.
A garden paradise lifestyle would reverse and solve them easily, quickly, fairly and inexpensively. It is the only sustainable lifestyle that reverses and solves the pollution of our air, land, water and food, energy crisis, disease, war, immigration, reoccurring financial crises, and social problems including youth and elderly care.

The Employment Lifestyle Failed. The Garden Paradise Life Wins.
Let's Learn the Lesson Now.

Posted by: MarieDevine | December 13, 2009 9:16 PM
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In order to get the people of this country to fully understand what this is all about, they should change the name from "climate change" to "climate racketeering"!

Posted by: thd1 | December 13, 2009 9:50 AM
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mmmmmm who to believe? My evaporative air conditioner man who works for a living, who makes things and only earns if he gets his hands dirty. Or the president no less of the WWF, who GET their money from grants (that's your pocket and mine) and handouts, bit like the coins you drop into the cup of the poor wretch in the street.

My air con man has SOME understanding of heating cooling effects of water, he says it's the sun and the oceans that affect climate, everything else is negligeble.

The WWF man scares people with calamitous disaster scenarios and says the science is settled so give lots of money.

mmmmmmm My gut feeling and BS detector says trust the air con man

Posted by: BaaHumbug | December 13, 2009 9:02 AM
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Carter Roberts has never seen so much money coming into the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as he has the past year. Of course, the monies are involuntary, coming from working Americans. But that's what this CO2 scam is all about: Money.
The third world and even a first-world country, China, wants to "Jesse James" the West in general and the US specifically. Global Climate Change is the tool by which they want to bankrupt America. In 1945, General George Patton suggested that Germany, having started two World Wars, be made into a pastoral country. No technology, just farm lands and animal husbandry were proposed for post-war Germany. Sounds like the UN wants to do the reformation of America.

Posted by: sperrico | December 12, 2009 9:29 PM
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Carter "The Godfather" Roberts has an offer the Senate cannot refuse. The eco-mobsters are better at their ultimatums and propaganda than their science. If the deniers don't yield then they'll just use the bureaucracy of the executive branch to execute their will by fiat. This isn't science. It is fascism. Science is governed by liberal elites and are not trustworthy. The real danger is not to the environment; it is our freedom.

Posted by: vanhook99 | December 11, 2009 8:54 PM
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Carter "The Godfather" Roberts has an offer the Senate cannot refuse. The eco-mobsters are better at their ultimatums and propaganda than their science. If the deniers don't yield then the eco-mobsters will just use the bureaucracy of the executive branch to execute their will by fiat. This isn't science. It is fascism. Science is governed by liberal elites and are not trustworthy. The real danger is not to the environment; it is our freedom. They offer little proof and what little evidence they do offer is dubious and subject to little objective scrutiny.

Posted by: vanhook99 | December 11, 2009 8:50 PM
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