7/30/2010 3:01:05 PM
EPA Strongly Reaffirms its Climate Change Position
Doubts about climate change? Not when you examine the science. The EPA has issued a press release reaffirming its determination that climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions threatens the public's health and the environment.
The agency made the announcement after receiving—and reviewing—10 petitions that challenged the decision. On July 29, 2010, the EPA denied the petitions, providing a point-by-point analysis, and stating:
"The scientific evidence supporting EPA's finding is robust, voluminous, and compelling. Climate change is happening now, and humans are contributing to it. Multiple lines of evidence show a global warming trend over the past 100 years. Beyond this, melting ice in the Arctic, melting glaciers around the world, increasing ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, altered precipitation patterns, and shifting patterns of ecosystems and wildlife habitats all confirm that our climate is changing."
The 10 petitions challenged the legitimacy of the science and claimed a conspiracy. After months of serious consideration of the petitions and the state of climate change science, the EPA "found no evidence to support these claims."