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(NPR - Lisa Schogren)
A memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget dated late last month is critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health. The memo questions the science behind the finding and suggests it would lower the bar for what kind of pollution endangers the public.
"The decision to regulate carbon dioxide ... is likely to have serious economic consequences throughout the U.S. economy, including small businesses and small communities," the document reads.
"It really appears to me that the decision was based more on political calculation than on scientific ones," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who called the document "a smoking gun" during a hearing Tuesday on the Obama administration's proposed budget for EPA.
"The counsel in this administration repeatedly questions the lack of scientific support that you have for this proposed finding," he said.
"I have said over and over, as has the president, that we do understand that there are costs to the economy of addressing global warming emissions, and that the best way to address them is through a gradual move to a market-based program like cap and trade," Jackson said.