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March 23rd, 2009
09:10 AM ET

EPA: Global warming threatens public health, welfare

Juliet Eilperin
The Washington Post Staff

The Environmental Protection Agency sent a proposal to the White House Friday finding that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, according to several sources, a move that could have far-reaching implications for the nation's economy and environment.

The proposal - which comes in response to a 2007 Supreme Court decision ordering EPA to consider whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be regulated under the Clean Air Act - could lay the groundwork for nationwide measures to limit such emissions. It reverses one of the Bush administration's landmark environmental decisions: In July 2008 then-EPA administrator Stephen Johnson rejected his scientific and technical staff's recommendation and announced the agency would seek months of further public comment on the threat posed by global warming pollution.

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  1. noor javed

    i am also doin a speech in a town gatherin so some info will be nice ...thanks...ps youe the coolest

    May 25, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  2. noor javed

    hi ... i kno that global warming is taking place..it scares me ...i heard that world will come to an end by 2012..is it true....i live in pakistan ...so there isnt much that we can do but can u still give us some tips....i beleive we can make a difference

    May 25, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  3. RoboBrain

    Dear Anderson can you do a segment on the Mayan Prophesy and show the similarities and beliefs in what is happening today. Also the extreme comparison to what NASA is now reporting that our sun has cooled with very little solar flairs and also how there time line for the sun to do some sort of corrections corresponds with the Mayan Clock 13.0.0.0.0 the end of the way we know things according to the Mayan Prophesies 12.21.2012 or 2013 and how accurate the civilization was when it came to predicting the astrology and relation to our environment. And if true the impact it will have on our planet and the magnetic pols if true, as well as the 3 major events that will take place in our universe that will leave unknown effects until we are upon it.

    April 18, 2009 at 1:38 am |
  4. Albert

    Global warming is a fraud! Al Gore is a fraud! Over 30,000 scientists and 9,000 PhD's ALL can prove that "global warming" is not man-made and in fact we are NOT heating up the atmosphere. Taxing and regulating (aka cap and trade) CO2 emissions is an economic fraud to make us and businesses pay for our breath. If you disagree I urge to ask a scientist what PROOF do they have that MAN has caused global warming. I urge CNN to have an hour or half an hour of OPEN DEBATE on this issue. If they truly are a NEWS station then allow John Coleman, Bob Carter, Willie Soon, and others to debate "global warming" alarmists. Let's be fair and understand before we tax our breath.

    April 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  5. frances

    yes mike it is a fake. there are more than 700 very crediable scienctist who have sign up to denounce man made global warming. it is a fact the earth has gone through cooling and warming over the years. in fact we are now in a cooling trend. al gore and other politicians are just set to take avantage of a few years when it was warmer. so don't believe everything you hear. check things out for your self is the safest way to go on any issue.

    April 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  6. Mike

    I think that global warming is fake!

    April 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  7. Carol

    There will be not results, from just talking to or about environmental violators, there must be punishment, that is the only thing that these people (and I use the term loosely) understand and don't let them buy their way out of it. That will get you results. Punish them like the common man, what a novel idea.

    Carol

    April 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Anu, China

    Global warming affects public health no doubt but public has a role to play too.

    Why is it that talking about going green is so hip yet travelling by public transport isn't? Isn't private transport a big cause of environmental polution? No one demands investment in public transport. There is something very 'not happening' about going on a bus! How about T shirts that say 'I travel by buses I'm proud of being green' rather than homilies of go green etc.

    Ofcourse this is not to deny the role of governments and you are raising the right issues but as citizens, we can talk more about what is expected of us!

    March 27, 2009 at 3:59 am |
  9. Fatima

    Hi Anderson. I´m a very fond of you here in Brazil. After watching Planet in Peril I discovered that here in Rio de Janeiro there is "monkey pox"! More precisely in Seropedica city near Angra dos Reis and Paraty – famous tourism places. Nobody knows about that! I´d never heard about it before. I bet the governor doesn´t know.
    Best wishes for you and team. xxx

    March 24, 2009 at 2:47 am |