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EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions

A federal appeals court upholds the Environmental Protection Agency’s right to regulate air pollution under the Clean Air Act.

By | June 28, 2012

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, NATHAN MACALUSO

A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals on Tuesday (June 26) decided against industry groups that had challenged the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse pollutants.

The ruling retains the EPA’s authority to regulate and develop future rules to regulate gasses involved in global warming. “Today’s ruling by the court confirms that EPA’s common sense solutions to address climate pollution are firmly anchored in science and law,” Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, told The Hill Newspaper. The decision keeps intact a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

The plaintiffs argued that the science used by the EPA to set limits was too uncertain and was unable to specify a precise number at which greenhouse gases become a threat, and that the EPA was “delegating” its decision making to outside experts.  But the judges countered that the EPA, just as any decision-making entity, must base its rulings on the scientific evidence available.

"In the end, petitioners are asking us to re-weigh the scientific evidence before EPA and reach our own conclusion," the judges wrote in their decision. "This is not our role." (Hat tip to ScienceNOW.)

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JMichael49

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June 28, 2012

EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, isn't that why the Fabianist created this agency so they can regulate the environmental problems that arise?

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