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Not Hot Air

December 8, 2009, 4:30 AM
“The US government has declared that greenhouse gases threaten human health. The move could allow the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to order cuts in emissions without the approval of Congress. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the agency was now ‘authorised and obligated to make reasonable efforts’ to cut greenhouse gases. The news came as global climate talks got under way in Copenhagen aimed at forging a deal on major emissions cuts. Ms Jackson said that the scientific evidence surrounding climate change clearly showed that greenhouse gases ‘threaten the public health and welfare of the American people’. She said the EPA's so-called endangerment finding would ‘cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution’.”
 

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