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We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Progress in Washington on Climate Change

The mainstream US media may be refusing to cover climate change science but that hasn't stopped the Obama administration from making real progress to address the problems presented by our carbon intensive lifestyles. Reversing 8 years of criminal neglect as the EPA worked for the polluters rather than the environment under the Bush administration, as reported by the Washington Post;

"The Environmental Protection Agency’s new leadership, in a step toward confronting global warming, submitted a finding that will force the White House to decide whether to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the nearly 40-year-old Clean Air Act.

Under that law, EPA’s conclusion — that such emissions are pollutants that endanger the public’s health and welfare — could trigger a broad regulatory process affecting much of the U.S. economy as well as the nation’s future environmental trajectory. The agency’s finding, which was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget without fanfare on Friday, also reversed one of the Bush administration’s landmark decisions on climate change, and it indicated anew that President Obama’s appointees will push to address the issue of warming despite the potential political costs."

It will be interesting to see if the US media covers the signing of the endangerment finding on April 16th.

read more at Climate Progress.

2 comments:

Real Estate Agent in Vancouver said...

Finally the Dark Ages are over for EPA. And now they can do some real work that will actually have results. I was disgusted by Mr. Bush's ignorance towards this agency. I too hope media will give some attention to the signing. Pollution is something that needs to be dealt with on every day basis and by hundreds of competent people. EPA can provide that.

Take care, Jay

C Robb said...

Thanks for visiting and posting a comment. I agree with your assessment but...

I believe Bush practiced criminal neglect, as well as intentional dismantling of 20 years of environmental and health protection through the systematic replacement of competent civil servants with industry hacks trained to obfuscate and undermine scientific evidence. It went far beyond ignorance.