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Mrs. Jackson rejected demands to delay her finding until after the e-mail controversy is resolved.
“The vast body of scientific evidence not only remains unassailable, it has grown stronger. And it only points to one conclusion - that greenhouse gases from human activity are increasing at unprecedented rates and are affecting our environment and threatening our health,” she said.
Jeff Holmstead, EPA air administrator in the George W. Bush administration who now heads the environmental strategies group at the law firm Bracewell and Giuliani, said the endangerment declaration is primarily symbolic for now.
“It does not have any immediate effect and does not impose any regulations or requirements on anyone,” he said. “But it is a necessary prerequisite for the regulation of greenhouse gases from cars, trucks, businesses, factories, farms and potentially even apartment buildings, schools and hospitals.”
Daniel J. Weiss, director of climate strategy at the liberal Center for American Progress, said the declaration should stand as a reminder to Congress that the administration will curtail greenhouse gas emissions by regulation if the House and Senate do not act.
“Such an approach is no one’s first choice but is a backstop to ensure pollution reductions should conservatives succeed in thwarting progress and reform,” he said.
But opponents of climate change legislation warned that Mr. Obama is on track to limit business growth and raise energy prices to achieve his environmental goals.
Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed cap-and-trade legislation, said new regulations could affect even small emitters of carbon dioxide, despite an EPA proposal to confine any new greenhouse gas rules to about 14,000 major sources that emit 250,000 or more tons per year of carbon dioxide.
“An endangerment finding from the EPA could result in a top-down, command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project. The devil will be in the details, and we look forward to working with the government to ensure we don’t stifle our economic recovery,” Mr. Donohue said.
Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, a group that fears that greenhouse gas regulations will force oil companies to shut down domestic refineries in favor of imported motor fuels, called the EPA decision “another example of federal policymakers failing to consider the long-term consequences of a regulatory action for consumers and the economy as a whole.”
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