EPA Joins the Ranks of the Scientific Community on Global Warming

Environment Colorado

Denver, CO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed finding that carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants, which come mostly from burning fossil fuels, are a threat to public health and welfare. 

“Today, solid science prevailed over political pressure. EPA has embraced the basic facts on global warming that scientists around the world have acknowledged for years.  We applaud President Obama and EPA Administrator Jackson for putting science back in its rightful place at the forefront of environmental policy,” said Keith Hay, energy advocate for Environment Colorado.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ordered the EPA to determine if global warming pollution threatens public health or welfare – a conclusion supported by a worldwide scientific consensus.  Today’s action comes in response to that decision and sets the stage for the EPA to take long overdue steps to reduce global warming pollution from cars, power plants, and other large pollution sources under the Clean Air Act.

“Cutting global warming pollution to the levels demanded by the science will drive the creation of a clean energy economy, put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs, and protect our environment” said Hay.

The following is the timeline leading up to today’s decision: