Administration Rejects Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

NWF   |   July 15, 2008

The Bush administration on Friday
rejected regulating greenhouse gases
blamed for global warming, saying it
would cause too many job losses.

Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on
Global Warming, called the administration’s findings "the bureaucratic
equivalent of saying that the dog ate your homework."

In a 588-page federal notice, the Environmental Protection Agency
made no finding on whether global warming poses a threat to people’s health,
reversing an earlier conclusion at the insistence of the White House and
officially kicking any decision on a solution to the next president and
Congress.

Friday’s action caps months of often tense negotiations between
EPA scientists and the White House over how to address global warming under the
major federal air pollution law.

The White House on Thursday rejected
EPA’s conclusion three weeks earlier that the 1970 Clean Air Act "can be both
workable and effective for addressing global climate change." Instead, EPA said
Friday that law is "ill-suited" for dealing with climate change.

In a major setback to the administration, the Supreme
Court ruled last year that the government has authority under the Clean Act to
regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant. Bush has consistently opposed that
option.

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