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NYT: A Court Rules for the Planet

28 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

Tags: Clean Air

Today's New York Times editorial lauded the federal court decision to uphold EPA clean regulations:

[The] federal court decision...vindicated the administration’s strategy of controlling emissions through regulation and showed good sense at a time when both the agency and the science of global warming are under relentless Congressional attack.

The most important of these — the bedrock from which the other rules flowed — was the agency’s “endangerment finding” in 2009 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions constitute a danger to public health and could thus be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The judges said the agency’s reading of its authority had been “unambiguously correct” and that the agency had based its case on careful research and sound science.

President Obama had hoped that Congress would tackle greenhouse gases through legislation. When that did not happen, the administration had to use its authority under the clean air laws.

With that power firmly ratified, the E.P.A. can now move ahead with the second round of clean car standards proposed last year and a final rule on power plants. Both will be good news for the planet.

Read more at the New York Times.

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