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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): EPA Announcement Today Consistent With Bush Administration's Do-Nothing Approach to Global Warming

July 11, 2008
1:15 PM

CONTACT: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Meghan Crosby, 202-331-6943

EPA Announcement Today Consistent With Bush Administration's
Do-Nothing Approach to Global Warming, Science Group Says
Statement by Lexi Shultz, Union of Concerned Scientists
WASHINGTON - July 11 - Today, more than a year after the Supreme Court directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to decide whether global warming pollution is a threat to public health and welfare, the agency announced it will seek more public comment on the issue, essentially postponing any action until the next administration.

Below is a statement of Lexi Shultz, deputy director of Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate Program:

"In keeping with President Bush's flippant remark at the end of the G-8 summit -- 'Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter' -- the EPA today refused to address global warming. By ignoring calls for action from scientists and the public at large, EPA Administrator Johnson is passing this monumental problem off to the next administration. Meanwhile, the world is waiting for the United States to take bold leadership. The science is clear, the legal authority is there, and the solutions are at hand. Sadly, the legacy of this White House is eight years of obstruction, denial and delay."

Founded in 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit organization working for a healthy environment and a safer world. The organization is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also has offices in Berkeley, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to


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