Tuesday, July 25, 2006

the climates, they're a changin'

Op-ed pieces by industry apologists in the Wall Street Journal editorial pages notwithstanding, there IS consensus on the causes of climate change, as the scientist who did the survey of climate change research explains here. It's humans. Simple. Wishing it weren't so won't change the facts. So, let's do something about it, now.

And we'll see if the Supreme Court decides that Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate carbon as an air pollutant, in accord with the Clean Air Act. The argument in favor seems compelling -- CO2 in sufficient quantities can (already has begun to) cause considerable damage to the US. Yes, CO2 is a substance that "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare," and as the LA Times points out, the Clean Air Act specifically includes substances that might affect the "weather" or "climate." Seems like a no-brainer. EPA has the legal authority to regulate it. But does it have the guts? Probably not as long as the current oilbaron junta is in office.