EPA's CO2 Ruling May Have Huge Impact
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 1:58 PM CDT
A flock of geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – The EPA's decision today to declare carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases dangerous pollutants could have enormous consequences for US businesses, writes Andy Stone in Forbes. The big winner: green technology. The ruling could eventually give the EPA unprecedented regulatory control over everything from power plants to oil refineries to automobiles. The US Chamber of Commerce says the decision could wreak havoc on the economy.

"This is a huge turning point," said a spokesman for the Sierra Club. "The effect on the energy market will be immediate." The EPA decision comes as Congress continues work on climate-change and energy legislation, including a cap-and-trade proposal. Any such legislation that emerges could supersede the EPA ruling, a situation both President Obama and EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson actually prefer. They want regulation to be the result of laws, not EPA dictates.

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Apr 18, 2009 9:46 AM CDT
It's not the global warming that I'm concerned about. That'll happen with or without regulations or humans. What I'm excited about is the attempt to curb pollutants. If they want to be more effective, they should set their sites on Monsanto and their systematic destruction of plant life.
Apr 18, 2009 6:38 AM CDT
Aloha meliska, & Mahalo for these wise words in response to my concerns. It's not the government that has been telling the populace what to believe as much as the corporate media, our friends at FOX most negatively. What "we would already be" doing if... not... but... for... is likewise not the issue at this juncture. The issue is what to do now. I have great affinity for the Libertarian perspective, but the hope for preventing a worst case future climate change scenario lies in mobilizing millions at the soonest possible time to take steps like renewable energy sources, converting the third world to cooking with clean fuels, switching to vegetarian food sources, halting deforestation, protecting the oceans, and slowing population growth. Churches, non-profits, and businesses can help in this, but the role of governments will be crucial.
Apr 18, 2009 5:47 AM CDT
I can't very well stop people from generalizing. I craft my words carefully, and yet the human brain loves to compartmentalize. If you're an environmentalist, you're a liberal. If you're pro life, you're a conservative and you can never see eye to eye with a liberal. The list of associations goes on. I don't think we'll ever get anywhere as a species or as an integral part of the larger ecosystem we call Earth, if we can't see past the groups we have placed ourselves, and others in. We all (including myself), could benefit greatly from the overcoming of our own biases.