Friday, April 17, 2009

EPA DECLARES GREENHOUSE GASES A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT

LA Times - The Obama administration declared greenhouse gases a threat to public health, marking a major step -- both practically and symbolically -- toward federal limits on the carbon dioxide emissions scientists blame for global warming. . .

It paves the way for the White House to regulate emissions from vehicles and effectively force the U.S. auto fleet to be cleaner and more efficient -- a plan the administration is expected to put in place soon.

This action opens the door to broad emissions limits in all other parts of the economy, including power plants and construction sites. . .

This is a "landmark moment in environmental history," Frank O'Donnell, president of the environmental group Clean Air Watch, said in a press release anticipating the decision.