For the First Time, EPA Will Regulate Greenhouse Gases

23 02 2009

After many years of discussion about global warming, the  Environmental Protection Agency will finally act to regulate greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

When I heard about this, my initial reaction was  to wonder  what took the EPA so long.

According to a recent New York Times story, the Bush  administration ignored a Supreme Court order requiring the environmental agency to determine whether or not carbon dioxide is a pollutant that endangers public health and welfare.

The fact that the  Bush administration seemed to completely ignore one of the most urgent issues of our time makes me very angry, and I’m somewhat baffled as to why they did so

Was  the  administration ignorant as to the urgency of this issue? Or do they simply not care?

I think the answer is the latter of the two. Environmental issues were never at the top of Bush’s agenda. He  always seemed to be more concerned with issues such as the war on Iraq.

Obama, on the other hand, has  voiced his concerns about the environment from the very beginning. According to his official website, he hopes the U.S. will be able to reduce its greenhouse emissions 80 percent by 2050 and to create millions of green jobs.

It is  suprising that even those most concerned about greenhouse gas emissions are wary of the EPA’s regulation, who say that the Clean Air act wasn’t designed  to regulate “ubiquitous” substances like carbon dioxide, according  to the New York Times.

The EPA’s decision is expected to take a few months and could accelerate the progress of energy and climate change legislation in Congress.