The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate
greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure
from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal officials that new
regulation is appropriate now.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce today that it will seek
months of further public comment on the threat posed by global warming to human
health and welfare -- a matter that federal climate experts and international
scientists have repeatedly said should be urgently addressed.
The Supreme Court, in a decision 15 months ago that startled the government,
ordered the EPA to decide whether human health and welfare are being harmed by
greenhouse gas pollution from cars, power plants and other sources, or to
provide a good explanation for not doing so. But the administration has opted to
postpone action instead, according to interviews and documents obtained by ...