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Environmental Protection Agency Announces Greenhouse Gas Findings

April 20, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today their concern of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and in particular the ill effect these gases have on human welfare.  In a statement, the agency acknowledged the fact that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride have negative impacts to humans and global warming. 

The EPA announcement opens the path to more stringent regulations of greenhouse gas emissions.  The President and legislators see greenhouse gas regulation as an opportunity to better define air quality requirements and spur on economic growth.  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-California) responded to the EPA announcement, “The release of EPA’s proposed finding that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare is long overdue. … However, the best and most flexible way to deal with this serious problem is to enact a market based cap and trade system which will help us make the transition to clean energy and will bring us innovation and strong economic growth.”  Also, President Obama’s focus to obtain a low carbon economy and create green jobs will parallel well with the EPA’s findings.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s findings will not bring immediate results.  This announcement concludes the end of a two year study ordered by the Supreme Court under the Clean Air Act.  Before issuing any final findings, the EPA’s next step in the process will allow for public comments.  In the meantime, the EPA’s findings will weigh heavy on any previous detractors of GHG regulations.  Click here for more information.

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