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A huge part of Obama’s climate agenda is being questioned

According to The Daily Caller, the EPA has received two petitions that would eliminate a key part of Obama’s global warming agenda.

Here is an excerpt from The Daily Caller:

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received two petitions asking for official review of a regulatory document that served as critical leverage for the Obama administration to issue global warming regulations.

Two groups — Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the Concerned Household Electricity Consumers Council (CHECC) — claim EPA’s 2009 “endangerment finding” should be updated with new evidence invalidating the agency’s previous claim greenhouse gases threatened public health.”

These petitions relied on a 2016 study which “failed to find that the steadily rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations have had a statistically significant impact on any of the 13 critically important temperature time series data analyzed.”

This is the complete opposite of what a key part of Obama’s global warming climate agenda tells us. The 2009 finding by the EPA was issued against six greenhouse gasses one of which was Carbon Dioxide. The EPA claimed these were a threat to “public health” and “public welfare of current and future generations”

 

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“That finding allowed the Obama administration to move forward with an aggressive agenda to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, power plants and other industrial facilities.

Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” culminated in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limits carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. The rule is expected to force more coal plants and mines to close their doors.

Twenty-eight states and dozens of business and conservative groups sued EPA to have the CPP overturned. The Supreme Court issued a stay on the CPP in 2016, but federal courts have not ruled on the regulation’s legality.”

Sam Kazman, CEI’s general counsel, told the Daily Caller

“I think they’re going to have a lot of trouble on the other things they want to get done without addressing the endangerment finding,” Kazman said.

Kazman declared that if Trump wishes to oust these rules it will rest entirely on endangerment finding. His evidence behind this is that if endangerment finding is still in place then the EPA would still be legally obligated to have some sort of greenhouse gas rule.

Administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt was part of the state coalition to have the CPP overturned while Oklahoma attorney general.

His belief that CO2 isnt a primary contributor to modern day global warming didn’t sit well with many.

He told CNBC:

“So, no, I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,”

2009 EPA endangerment finding

Report on CHECC’S 2016 study

Report on Trumps executive order attacking Obamas climate agenda

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