Good news from E.P.A important regulating of greenhouse gases
As the United States attends Copenhagen Climate Talks December 7, 2009, I applaud EPA administrator Lisa Jackson for working to get these findings presented and signed. The regulations are important steps and show positive political will from the US. Still, we all must do much more. I hope the Copenhagen talks will create a swell of attention and action. We all need to be rethinking how we power our world. America should not be allowed to continue to justify polluting in the name of jobs, destroying ecosystems in the name of National Security and use the fear of a damaged economy presumed as a result of jobs being sent overseas. As we export our bad energy diet and unsustainable habits we shorten the time we have left to fix the problems we have created. There are other sustainable and economically beneficial ways in which to lead. It is time to stop using 20th century solutions to 21st century problems. I’ll be watching the talks closely. I hope you will too.
Today’s opening comments at the Climate Talks in Copenhagen by Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark said it best: “Global warming knows no borders. It does not discriminate. It affects us all.”
Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act
On December 7, 2009, the Administrator signed two distinct findings regarding greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act:
Endangerment Finding: The Administrator finds that the current and projected concentrations of the six key well-mixed greenhouse gases--carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)--in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
Cause or Contribute Finding: The Administrator finds that the combined emissions of these well-mixed greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines contribute to the greenhouse gas pollution which threatens public health and welfare.