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EPA formally declares global warming to be a threat to Americans’ health and well-being.
Go to the Green Room to share your views on today’s action. In an historic decision moments ago, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson issued a proposed ruling that global warming pollution “endangers” Americans’ health and well-being.
Today’s action sets the stage for using authority under the Clean Air Act to establish national emission standards for large global warming emitters.
EDF’s deputy general counsel Vickie Patton says that with today’s announcement, “The U.S. is taking its first steps as a nation to confront climate change. EPA’s action is a wake up-call for national policy solutions that secure our economic and environmental future.”
The EPA is now expected to begin developing national emission standards for new motor vehicles and new coal-fired power plants, the nation’s two largest sources of global warming pollution.
Today’s action comes as Congress prepares to take its own historic steps toward enacting a cap on global warming pollution.
Next week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin hearings on comprehensive energy and climate legislation and move quickly to a vote on the bill. Chairman Henry Waxman has committed to moving the bill — the American Clean Energy and Security Act — out of committee by Memorial Day.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to bring the bill to the House floor this year.
With EPA’s decision as a backdrop, we will continue our all-out campaign to pressure Congress to pass a cap on America’s global warming pollution as the most effective way to stop global warming and unleash our clean energy future.
Please go to the Green Room to share your thoughts on today’s announcement.
Thanks for your activism and support.
Sam Parry Director of Online Membership and Activism Environmental Defense Fund