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U. S. Environmental Protection Agency: The Science is Settled

EPA Chief Goes Toe-To-Toe With Senate GOP Over Climate Science.

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today defended the science underpinning pending climate regulations despite Senate Republicans’ claims that global warming data has been thrown into doubt.

“The science behind climate change is settled, and human activity is responsible for global warming,” Jackson told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Administrator Jackson was speaking for the EPA, and the Climate Science communicated to the US EPA by Climate Scientists.

The Science is Settled, it’s on the EPA Web site:

Statement on Litigation on EPA Endangerment Finding

The question of the science is settled.

Here’s the Introduction to The Statement on Litigation on EPA Endangerment Finding:

Statement on Litigation on EPA Endangerment Finding

The evidence of, and threats posed by a changing climate are right before our eyes.

EPA issued its endangerment finding because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled three years ago that greenhouse gas emissions constitute air pollution and that EPA therefore must determine whether that pollution threatens the health and welfare of Americans. EPA proceeded to carry out the instructions of the highest court in the land, and in doing so undertook a comprehensive and transparent review of the soundest available science. That science came from an array of highly respected, peer-reviewed sources from both within the United States and across the globe, and took into consideration hundreds of thousands of comments from members of the public, which were addressed in the finding. The conclusion: the scientific evidence of climate change is overwhelming and greenhouse gases pose a real threat to the American people.

The question of the science is settled. [ my em-bolding ] The debate that should be taking place now is how to address this challenge and take advantage of the opportunity it offers. EPA is proceeding with common sense measures that are helping to protect Americans from this threat while moving America into a leadership position in the 21st Century green economy, creating millions of good-paying jobs along the way. Unfortunately, special interests and other defenders of the status quo are now turning to the courts in an attempt to stall progress, with the added effect, if they are successful, of halting the creation of millions of new jobs.

EPA is confident the finding will withstand legal challenge, allowing the Agency to protect the American people from the significant dangers posed by greenhouse gases and carbon pollution.

The US EPA is committed to science-based policy. In this case, its findings are based The Science as determined by The Climate Science Community and the associated Climate Scientists.


February 6, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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