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Subject:

Greenhouse Gases Threaten Public Health and the Environment

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Mon, 7 Dec 2009 23:28:11 -0500

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Greenhouse Gases Threaten Public Health and the Environment.
US EPA Press Release, December 7, 2009.

WASHINGTON – After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful
consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and
welfare of the American people. EPA also finds that GHG emissions from on-road
vehicles contribute to that threat.

GHGs are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer
heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor or elderly; increases in
ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses;
as well as other threats to the health and welfare of Americans.

“These long-overdue findings cement 2009’s place in history as the year when the
United States Government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas
pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform,” said EPA
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Business leaders, security experts, government
officials, concerned citizens and the United States Supreme Court have called
for enduring, pragmatic solutions to reduce the greenhouse gas pollution that is
causing climate change. This continues our work towards clean energy reform that
will cut GHGs and reduce the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our
national security and our economy.”

EPA’s endangerment finding covers emissions of six key greenhouse gases – carbon
dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur
hexafluoride – that have been the subject of scrutiny and intense analysis for
decades by scientists in the United States and around the world.

Scientific consensus shows that as a result of human activities, GHG
concentrations in the atmosphere are at record high levels and data shows that
the Earth has been warming over the past 100 years, with the steepest increase
in warming in recent decades. The evidence of human-induced climate change goes
beyond observed increases in average surface temperatures; it includes melting
ice in the Arctic, melting glaciers around the world, increasing ocean
temperatures, rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans due to excess
carbon dioxide, changing precipitation patterns, and changing patterns of
ecosystems and wildlife.

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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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