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EPA takes first step toward climate change regs
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency concluded Friday that greenhouse gases linked to climate change "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.
Congress is considering imposing an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions along with giving industry the ability to trade emission allowances to mitigate costs. Legislation could be considered by the House before the August congressional recess.
Waxman Won’t Compromise on 20% Carbon Cap in Climate Measure
“I don’t think the EPA ought to be regulating carbon emissions,” [Waxman] said. Instead, pollution should be controlled by his climate-change bill, which proposes a cap on the amount a company can pollute along with the ability of companies to buy and sell pollution permits.
Critics of the bill, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, say the climate-change bill will dramatically raise energy costs, effectively levying a tax on consumers and industries.
The EPA concluded that the science pointing to man-made pollution as a cause of global warming is "compelling and overwhelming."
Originally posted by dodadoom
Or, are you siding with the polluters?
If I give you 100 dollars to buy me food for a day, and you fail to do so - is the solution to just give you more money in hopes that you will FINALLY do the right thing?