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After Years of Delay, EPA Lays Out Global Warming Plan

| by NRDC

WASHINGTON --- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today issued proposed emissions
reporting that will provide the framework for federal regulation of
global warming pollution. Congress ordered EPA to establish monitoring
and inventory rules for greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, but action
was blocked by the Bush administration.

With this
announcement, Administrator Jackson is demonstrating that the EPA will
move forward with a system for reporting the emissions of heat-trapping
pollution by all major polluters in the United States. EPA estimates
that the new reporting requirements will cover 85 to 90 percent of U.S.
global warming pollution from major industries and transportation.

“The
EPA is laying the foundation for strong action on global warming this
year. Accurate monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases
will provide the vital framework for an effective program to cap and
reduce America's global warming pollution," says David Doniger, policy director for the climate center for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "By moving
quickly to develop regulations that had stalled under the previous
administration, Administrator Lisa Jackson clearly recognizes the
urgency of addressing the climate crisis.

"The Obama
administration understands that we need strong leadership by the White
House and Congress to meet our nation’s challenges – moving to a clean
energy future, jumpstarting our economic recovery, and cutting global
warming pollution.”

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