Historic EPA finding: Greenhouse gases harm humans
By H. JOSEF HEBERT and DINA CAPPIELLO
Associated Press Writers Dec 7, 5:17 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration
took a major step Monday toward imposing the first federal limits on
climate-changing pollution from cars, power plants and factories, declaring
there was compelling scientific evidence that global warming from manmade
greenhouse gases endangers Americans' health.
(ap) - "...limits on climate-changing pollution from
cars, power plants and factories...", the AP states this as if it were
undeniable Fact. It is NOT. It is Theorized upon by many, but it is NOT a Fact.
The AP LONG ago dispensed with the futile attempts to appear Objective on these
types of issues, so I am far from surprised by this. The next time some Ignorant
Liberal complains about the "Religious Right" wanting to dictate how you Live
your Life, you remind them of THEIR Religion and it's Messiah on this issue. And
when they are complaining about continued jobs losses after these things are
implemented and the increase on costs to heat their Homes or drive to work,
assuming they have job, remind them of THEIR Religion and it's Messiah. - tha
The announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency was clearly timed to
build momentum toward an agreement at the international conference on climate
change that opened Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark. It signaled the administration
was prepared to push ahead for significant controls in the U.S. if Congress
doesn't act first on its own.
(And when this is all said and done, China, India
and the former Soviet will go ahead and dwarf us in Polluting the Earth as we
cripple our Economy and this REPUBLIC in general trying to keep up with
"standards" that noone else has to. Our conusumption will go down, and in that,
the quality of Life for those around the World who depend on our consumption
will go down. EVERY action has a reaction, kids... Learn it, live it, love it. -
The EPA finding clears the way for rules that eventually could force the sale of
more fuel-efficient vehicles and require plants to install costly new equipment
or shift to other forms of energy.
Energy prices for many Americans probably would rise - though Monday's finding
will have no immediate impact since regulations have yet to be written.
Supporters of separate legislation in Congress argue they could craft measures
that would mitigate some of those costs.
("Energy prices for many Americans probably would
rise...". The AP is more certain about mankind's ability to change the climate
than they are the patently OBVIOUS consequences of burdening industry with more
regulations. Yet more Proof that the are as Ignorant as they are inobjectively
Liberal. - tha malcontent)
Environmentalists hailed the EPA announcement as a clear indication the United
States will take steps to attack climate change even if Congress fails to act.
And they welcomed the timing of the declaration, saying it will help the Obama
administration convince delegates at the international climate talks that the
U.S. is serious about addressing the problem. Obama will address the conference
But business groups said regulating carbon emissions through the EPA under
existing clean air law would put new economic burdens on manufacturers, cost
jobs and drive up energy prices.
(It most certainly WILL cost jobs and the
Consumer... Nice work, Barry!, you're a ****ing genius! - tha malcontent)
"It will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major
construction and renovation project," declared Thomas Donohue, president of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which in recent months has been particularly critical
of the EPA's attempt to address climate change.
The EPA signaled last April that it was inclined to view heat-trapping pollution
as a threat to public health and welfare and began to take public comments for
formal rulemaking. That marked a reversal from the Bush administration, which
had refused to issue the finding, despite a conclusion by EPA scientists that it
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday, "There are no more excuses for
delaying," adding that the so-called endangerment analysis from global warming
had been under consideration at the agency for three years. After the official
finding, she said the agency is now "obligated to make reasonable efforts to
reduce greenhouse pollutants under the Clean Air Act."
("Reasonable" according to whom, Lisa?... Or Miss
Jackson, if we're nasty! - tha malcontent)
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama "still believes
the best way to move forward is through the legislative process" - something
Obama has expressed on a number of occasions as he has pressed Congress to shift
the nation's energy priorities away from fossil fuels and to reduce
("Fossil fuels"... I love the narrative! - tha
The EPA said scientific evidence clearly shows that greenhouse gases "threaten
the public health and welfare of the American people" and that the pollutants -
mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels - should be reduced, if not by
Congress then by the agency responsible for enforcing air pollution.
(Keyword: Evidence. Yet the AP "reports" it as Fact.
- tha malcontent)
"These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the
United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas
pollution," said Jackson.
She rejected claims by climate skeptics that the science of global warming
remains in doubt, an argument given additional attention in recent weeks with
the disclosure through intercepted e-mails that a British scientist had
privately discussed ways to shield certain climate data from public scrutiny.
(Global warming IS in doubt, unless you are part of
the Church of Global Warming, headed by algore Junior and apparently is going to
be co-headed by Barry now. - tha malcontent)
"The vast body of evidence not only remains unassailable, it has grown even
stronger," said Jackson.
(Pure TRIPE!... There is mountains of counters to
this "evidence" and it's within the Scientific community. The Fact that Left
dismisses it doesn't negate it's existence. - tha malcontent)
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a lead author of a climate bill before the Senate,
said of the finding: "This is a clear message to Copenhagen of the Obama
administration's commitments to address global climate change. ... The message
to Congress is crystal clear: Get moving."
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also a co-author, said, "The Senate has a duty to
Business groups have strongly argued against tackling global warming through the
Clean Air Act, saying it is less flexible and more costly than the cap-and-trade
legislation being considered by Congress. Any regulations from the EPA are
certain to spawn lawsuits and a lengthy legal fights.
"Such regulations would be intrusive, inefficient and excessively costly, chill
job growth and delay business expansion," argued Jack Gerard, president of the
American Petroleum Institute, which also has been critical of the climate
legislation before Congress.
(There should be NO "doubt" that this will be the outcome of this folly... Yet
as I sit here in about 6 degree weather in Denver, after having one of the
earliest and coldest blizzards on record to start the Fall off back BEFORE
Halloween, I have to wonder, do I Live in the on the same Planet as these
people?... You know, the one that saw snow in Vegas last season?... Snow in
Baghdad?... This is the same Planet that algore predicted to be without ice by
2012, correct? - tha malcontent)
"The Clean Air Act can complement legislation," said Jackson. In fact, if
Congress were to cap greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA probably would be given
the responsibility of implementing the law.
The EPA's involvement in reducing climate-changing pollution, stems from a 2007
Supreme Court decision that declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse
gases are pollutants under the Clean Air Act. But the court said the EPA would
have to determine if these pollutants pose a danger to public health and welfare
before it could regulate them.
(Tell me this... How are (9) Lifetime tenured,
politically appointed Judges now "experts" on Climate?... This would be funny if
it weren't so absurd and destructive to this REPUBLIC. The "Despotic Branch", in
Deed. - tha malcontent)
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