18 Sep '11, 7pm

As The World Warms, Environmental Protections Put On The Back Burner

As The World Warms, Environmental Protections Put On The Back Burner

After a year that has so far produced record-breaking snowstorms, droughts, floods, and violent hurricanes and tornadoes, environmental protections are once again being scaled back. Against the best advice of experts, the U.S. EPA has decided to delay issuing new rules for greenhouse gas emissions, the deadline for which is September 30th . This marks the second time in three months that the EPA has missed a deadline for issuing greenhouse gas (GHG ) emissions standards. In their announcement, the EPA said that they are aware that it is their responsibility to move forward with new GHG standards, but they want to consider all of the available information before issuing a final ruling. According to an EPA spokesperson, one factor that the agency is still trying to figure out is the cost of the new measures. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is legally required to put restric...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/world-warms-environmental-prote...

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