The White House Office of Management and Budget reports that it completed its review yesterday of EPA’s proposed finding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to health and the environment. (See below)
I think this means we could expect the announcement at any time – perhaps as soon as tomorrow. (Or perhaps as late as Earth Day – April 22.)
It will be a landmark moment in environmental history. It’s the first step in creating a comprehensive, federal climate change policy.
This ought to make a sometimes balky Congress get serious about doing something. One thing is pretty clear: if Congress doesn’t act, the Obama administration will begin to take action on global warming.
[From the White House Office of Management and Budget]
TITLE: Proposal for Endangerment Finding for Greehouse Gases under the Clean Air Act
STAGE: Proposed Rule
ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: No
RECEIVED DATE: 03/20/2009
LEGAL DEADLINE: None
** COMPLETED: 04/13/2009
COMPLETED ACTION: Consistent with Change