This just reported today from the Washington Post:
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal today finding greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public’s health and welfare, a determination that could trigger a series of sweeping regulations affecting everything from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.
In a statement issued at noon, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said, “This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations.”
She added, “This pollution problem has a solution — one that will create millions of green jobs and end our country’s dependence on foreign oil.”
The finding identifies six gases — carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluorid — as contributing to global warming.
This sounds like progress.
Some other key quotes:
Global warming also poses a national security threat, the statement added, as well as an environmental one.
The proposed endangerment finding states, “In both magnitude and probability, climate change is an enormous problem.”
and something from an old friend:
Fred Singer, who heads the Arlington, Va.-based Science and Environmental Policy Project and has repeatedly questioned the idea that humans contribute to climate change, said in a statement that the EPA proposal “is based on shoddy science and would impose a huge economic burden on American household”
Didn’t he say that about the ozone depletion problem and cigarrette smoking?