* EPA rules on CO2 "neither arbitrary nor capricious"- court * Court ruling clears path for EPA rules on cars, powerplants * Industry warns greenhouse gas regulations will harmeconomy By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court onTuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governingheat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweepingregulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants andother industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ofColumbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency'sfinding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decisionto set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were"neither arbitrary nor capricious."
The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the under pinnings of the Obama administration's push to regulatecarbon dioxide emissions, and is a rebuke to a major push byheavy industries including electric utilities, coal miners andstates like Texas to block the EPA's path. In the 82-page ruling, the three-judge panel also found thatthe EPA's interpretation of the Clean Air Act to regulate carbondioxide regulations is "unambiguously correct." The court also said it lacked jurisdiction to review thetiming and scope of greenhouse gas rules that affect stationarysources like new coal-burning power plants and other largeindustrial sources.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the court found theagency "followed both the science and the law in takingcommon-sense, reasonable actions to address the very real threatof climate change by limiting greenhouse gas pollution from thelargest sources." "EPA's massive and complicated regulatory barrage willcontinue to punish job creators and further undermine oureconomy," countered Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a Republicanand long-time critic of the EPA's climate change regulations. Though states like Texas said the EPA's rules were a"subjective conviction" because they did not set hard and fastthresholds for unsafe climate change, "EPA is not required tore-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches ascientific question," the court wrote. The ruling clears the way for the EPA to proceed withfirst-ever rules limiting carbon dioxide emissions from newlybuilt power plants, and to move forward with new vehicle emission standards this summer. "These rulings clear the way for EPA to keep moving forwardunder the Clean Air Act to limit carbon pollution from motorvehicles, new power plants, and other big industrial sources,"said David Doniger, a senior attorney at the Natural ResourcesDefense Council, an environmental group.
The court in February heard arguments brought by state andindustry challenging the EPA's authority to set carbon dioxidelimits. Industry groups said the EPA's regulations will imposeburdensome regulations that will spur job cuts. "The EPA's decision to move forward with these regulationsis one of the most costly, complex and burdensome regulationsfacing manufacturers," said Jay Timmons, president of theNational Association of Manufacturers. "These regulations willharm their ability to hire, invest and grow." The EPA's rules could affect 6 million stationary sourcesincluding 200,000 manufacturing facilities and 37,000 farms,Timmons said in a statement. The Supreme Court unleashed a fury of regulation andlitigation when it ruled in Massachusetts vs. EPA in 2007 thatgreenhouse gases are an air pollutant that can be regulatedunder the Clean Air Act. The EPA in 2009 issued an "endangerment finding" that greenhouse gases "reasonably may be anticipated to endangerpublic health." The agency followed with the "tailpipe rule" inMay 2010 setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from carsand light trucks. The agency is also preparing to issue first-ever standardsfor carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, which arelikely to spur utilities to opt for cleaner natural-gas burningplants instead.
The EPA is imposing harsh restrictions on all businesses at a time that are already hard. And this carbon tax is a fucking scam.
If you still support Barry you a complete idiot that needs to stay home next election. And if you voted for Barry the first time you’re an idiot and need to stay home next election
Liberetards are so stupid
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