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EPA targets car emissions

Posted Monday, Apr 20, 2009, 11:35 am in Employee News

The Obama administration’s decision Friday to declare greenhouse gases from vehicle tailpipes a threat to human health has ramped up the pressure on Congress to tackle climate change legislation, a The Detroit News story said.

The “endangerment finding” by the Environmental Protection Agency had been expected for weeks, and it’s a relatively small bureaucratic but symbolically important step in what has been a decade-long battle over the regulation of emissions, The News reported. It clears the way for potentially sweeping rules, either by Congress or through regulation. Lawmakers on both sides of the climate change debate said pressure is on Congress to pass its own rules—a move most Republicans, and Democrats including Michigan’s two senators, have questioned, the paper said.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House officials used the announcement to repeat calls for climate change legislation that would weave together the policy strands that threaten to entangle carmakers, including federal fuel economy standards and the possibility of state regulation of emissions, the story said. (The Detroit News)
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