Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is a big deal. EPA says CO2 'may endanger public health or welfare'.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally acknowledged that "greenhouse gases may endanger human health and well-being." (BBC) No, the EPA doesn't come right out and say greenhouse gas is a serious threat to human life. Actually, they're very careful to kind of say it without saying it.

Check this out.
The EPA says greenhouse gases "are at unprecedented levels as a result of human emissions" and are "likely the causes of the increase in average temperatures and other changes in our climate."

Then, they say "scientific analysis also confirms that climate change impacts human health in several ways." And none of them are good impacts. The list includes "higher concentrations of ground-level ozone", "more frequent and intense heat waves and wildfires", "harm to water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems" and unfortunately, so much more.

So what? Why does it matter if the EPA says this stuff?

Broadly speaking, the EPA's findings give them leverage to sidestep the snarl of congressional politics to "develop and implement regulations to limit greenhouse gas pollution in major new sources to jumpstart the transition to a clean-energy economy." (
Climate Progress)

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