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Scientists to Congress: Don't Force the EPA to Ignore the Science, Global Warming Does Threaten Public Health


More than 500 scientists sent a letter
to Congress yesterday, urging lawmakers to oppose House and Senate
resolutions that would reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) finding that global warming endangers public health. The letter
was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

"Because the EPA's finding is based on solid science, this amendment
also represents a rejection of that science," the letter stated. "The
EPA's endangerment finding is based on an exhaustive review of the
massive body of scientific research showing a clear threat from climate

The 569 signatories pointed out that 18 U.S. scientific societies,
the National Academy of Sciences, and 10 international scientific
academies support the consensus view that the primary driver of climate
change is human activity, specifically burning fossil fuels and
destroying forests.

"These resolutions not only threaten public health, they would force
Americans to spend more on gasoline by rolling back new vehicle
standards that will save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump"
said Michelle Robinson, director of the Clean Vehicles Program at UCS.
"Congress should be protecting public health and listening to the best
science, not sending more money overseas for oil."

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.