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Government must deal with greenhouse gases: US Supreme Court

Breitbart.com – April 2, 2007

This is a quick article discussing the recent US Supreme Court ruling that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. The Supreme Court has declared that the Envrionmental Protection Agency must consider greenhouse gases as pollutants and therefore must regulate its production. It is interesting to note that from a layman’s perspective it appears that Judge Stevens has just legally declared that carbon dioxide is the cause of global warming and humans are the reason.

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider greenhouse gases as pollutants, in a blow to the White House. “Because greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act’s capacious definition of ‘air pollutant’ we hold that EPA has the statutory authority to regulate the emission of such gases from new motor vehicles,” the court ruled.

Judge Paul Stevens: “The harms associated with climate change are serious and well recognized.”

The ruling was carried by five votes in favor to four against.

Monday’s ruling was immediately hailed by environmental campaigners which has been fighting for greater regulations in a nation which accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. “It is a watershed moment in the fight against global warming,” said Josh Dorner, spokesman for the Sierra Club environmental group. “This is a total repudiation of the refusal of the Bush administration to use the authority he has to meet the challenge posed by global warming. It also “sends a clear signal to the market that the future lies not in dirty, outdated technology of yesterday, but in clean energy solutions of tomorrow like wind, solar,” he added.

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