Monday, March 23, 2009

Finally! Action on global warming!

Bruce Niles, writing for the Sierra Club and picked up by AlterNet, describes "a leaked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) document" indicating "that the agency 'is fast-tracking its response to the Supreme Court's 2007 climate decision with plans to issue a mid-April finding that global warming threatens both public health and welfare.'"

The nay-sayers, hopefully, have had their day. For eight long, benighted years, the administration of Bush/Cheney not only denied the facts of global warming, but neglected to take any substantial steps to mitigate the problem. There will be, I'm afraid, a terrible price to pay for this neglect.

And while there may not yet be light on the horizon, there is a small glimmer of hope. As Niles says, "this action by EPA will set the stage for the first-ever national regulation of CO2 in US history."

Background: On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA, determined that CO2 (carbon dioxide) "was a pollutant under the Clean Air Act" and "ordered EPA to determine whether CO2 endangered public health or welfare, and, if so, to begin regulating CO2.

"The Bush administration unlawfully ignored the decision for nearly two years, continuing its long campaign of denial, obfuscation, and foot-dragging on global warming and other key environmental issues."

The Obama administration is moving to correct this insanity and it looks like this particular aspect of our long national nightmare might be over!

You can read the entire article here.

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