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the epa and greenhouse gas

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on monday the us supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the environmental protection agency, or epa, has the authority and the responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the clean air act.  according to the chicago tribune the high court, “rejected the administration’s contention that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases are not pollutants covered by the landmark law.”  this definition of greenhouse gases as pollutants opens the door for a number of states to challenge the epa’s inaction in courts.  i don’t think there is anyone out there still arguing that the greenhouse gases generated by the burning of fossil fuels are not the cause of global warming, and thus contaminating our air and our planet.  i’m glad to see the court made the connection and asserted the fact that greenhouse gases are, in fact, pollutants when generated by man.  read the tribune article here and the new york times article here.  now, if we can only get buildings to be carbon neutral.

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3 April 2007 Posted by | society | Leave a comment