WASHINGTON, July 30 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday denied 10 petitions challenging its 2009 determination that climate change is real, is occurring due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities, and threatens human health and the environment.
The petitions to reconsider EPA's Endangerment Finding claim that climate science cannot be trusted, and assert a conspiracy that invalidates the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
The EPA had received the petitions from states such as Texas and Virginia and groups like the Ohio Coal Association.
After months of serious consideration of the petitions and of the state of climate change science, the EPA finds no evidence to support these claims. In contrast, the EPA's review shows that climate science is credible, compelling, and growing stronger.
"The endangerment finding is based on years of science from the U.S. and around the world. These petitions — based as they are on selectively edited, out-of-context data and a manufactured controversy — provide no evidence to undermine our determination. Excess greenhouse gases are a threat to our health and welfare," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
"Defenders of the status quo will try to slow our efforts to get America running on clean energy. A better solution would be to join the vast majority of the American people who want to see more green jobs, more clean energy innovation and an end to the oil addiction that pollutes our planet and jeopardizes our national security," Jackson added. (PNA/Xinhua)