Tuesday, April 24, 2007

EPA's Committment to the Planet

“[The EPA’s] action was therefore arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” -U.S Supreme Court
In this week's Land Online from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), we get a pretty picture of the history of the EPA and their continued committment to protecting the environment. That's funny- I thought the EPA was created to do just that!
Surprise, Surprise. It takes states of Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington; the cities of the District of Columbia, Baltimore, New York City; and a dozen environmental groups to push the EPA into regulating carbon. In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision on April 2, the EPA is indeed responsible for regulating carbon as part of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Up until now they have denied any responsibility for it, claiming that it was not a part of the initial CAA so therefore they have no jurisdiction to regulate it.
But the victory for pro-environment groups was short-lived, as days later Bush undermined the court ruling by stating that no regulation can harm economic growth.
"The president still doesn't get it," responded House Speaker, Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Global warming will have a much more detrimental effect on growth than he could ever imagine.
Listen to Barbara Boxer's interview with Air America's Ecotalk
the truth will out blog report

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