Endangerment finding in wake of MA vs. EPA
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?
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.
Yes, I think this EPA decision -- while now not a surprise -- will spur industry to seek Congressional action on greenhouse gas emissions.
As to the dynamic at COP15, the EPA action -- as well as the prior agreement on auto tailpipe controls -- help the rest of the world to understand that the United States isn't defined solely by Congressional action. Similarly, about 1/4 of the U.S. states are taking significant actions on greehouse gasses -- last week, we ran the 6th Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction, for example. In Massachusetts, we will have 15X solar and 10X wind after four short years under Governor Patrick and we expect energy efficiency to provide 30 percent of our electricity needs by 2020.
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