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For Immediate Release

Raviya Ismail, Earthjustice (202) 667-4500, ext. 221

EPA: Global Warming Endangers Public Health, Welfare

Next step must be strong limits on pollution that significantly curb global warming threat


The following statement is from Earthjustice President Trip Van
Noppen regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's declaration
today that global warming pollution poses a danger to the public health
and welfare.

"What scientists have long known is now official U.S. policy: global
warming pollution is real and has dangerous impacts on public health
and the environment. The Obama administration's announcement today
acknowledges that our nation must move quickly and efficiently to
achieve the cuts in carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution
needed to stave off catastrophic climate change. The time for talking
is over; now is the time for taking action.

"EPA has based this decision under the Clean Air Act on overwhelming
scientific evidence that global warming poses a significant threat. We
will look to the administration to continue along this path and take
the next important step of adopting strong rules that limit global
warming pollution from motor vehicles and industrial polluters.

"As nearly 200 nations begin important climate talks in Copenhagen
this week, we are heartened to see that our government is recognizing
the global warming threat. Earthjustice has been in the courts, in
Congress, and in the international negotiations,
pushing for actions to curb global warming pollution, require better
energy efficiency in appliances and buildings, and promote cleaner,
renewable energy sources. We urge the EPA and President Obama to
advocate for action in Copenhagen and commit our country to significant
global warming pollution cuts that will lead us towards a clean energy

"The EPA's action today is a response to the Supreme Court's landmark Massachusetts v. EPA
decision from 2007, a case that Earthjustice argued at the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2005. As Congress
considers important global warming legislation, we encourage them
to pass a bill that preserves the Clean Air Act tools underlying EPA's
action today. This is the most proven way our nation has to reduce air
pollution and all of the damage it causes in our communities. When
there is no time to waste, today's EPA finding shows that Congress and
the agency can work together to address global warming, using both the
new climate bill and the tried-and-true solutions of the Clean Air
Act. Clean Air Act tools are an essential part in the global warming
fight and the EPA needs these tools in order to be able to
protect public health and welfare from the harms of global warming."

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