WASHINGTON – The EPA on Friday declared that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases sent off by cars and many industrial plants "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws. The action by the Environmental Protection Agency marks the first step toward requiring power plants, cars and trucks to curtail their release of climate-changing pollution, especially carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.Here is the EPA's press release and here is an EPA page that links to the two public hearings that will be held in May in Arlington, VA and Seattle, WA.. The public can also submit in writing. I encourage anyone able and willing to submit in writing or attend a hearing. I doubt it will help stop this freight train, but we can try. On a positive front, here is a post on ARC that provides some details about Dr. Keith Lockitch and Dr. Willie Soon's recent UCLA panel event to debunk climate change.
"The (EPA) decision is a game changer. It now changes the playing field with respect to legislation," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., whose Energy and Commerce subcommittee is crafting broad limits on greenhouse emissions. "It's now nolonger doing a bill or doing nothing. It is now a choice between regulation and legislation."
Start setting some money aside. This is going to cost you.