EPA: CO2 Threatens the 'Public Health and Welfare of the American People'
Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, today made final her determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Air Act.
The EPA said that the scientific evidence surrounding climate change 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 regulated under the Clean Air Act.
"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 EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at news conference.
This Endangerment Finding will begin a cascade of crippling new regulations of the American economy and of the way people are allowed to live. Already EPA has proposed new auto regulations based on the Endangerment Finding requiring that requires that the average car sold in 2016 get the same fuel mileage as today’s Smart Car.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute petitioned EPA earlier this month to delay the Endangerment Finding until the scientific case for global warming alarmism could be reviewed in light of the Climategate scandal. EPA ignored that petition, so now CEI will file suit in federal court to overturn the finding on the grounds that the science does not support it.