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EPA formally determines greenhouse gas pollution imperils health and well being

By Steven Carter, Examiner.com

2181 days ago   Article ID# 227760
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DENVER, COLORADO (Examiner.com) - In a major climate development, the EPA today formally determined that greenhouse gas pollution imperils the health and well-being of present and future generations. This finding sets the stage for U.S. action.

EDF President Fred Krupp issued the following statement:

"The danger of global warming pollution is clear and present, the solutions are at hand, and the time for action is now. It's time for Congress to finish its work on U.S. legislation to cap and reduce the 19 million tons of heat-trapping pollution we emit every day. American leadership on climate change will strengthen our security, wean us off of foreign oil, and ensure that America wins the race to clean energy innovation in the global market place."

According to the Environmental Defense Action Fund, the clean energy industry in Texas is booming (job growth of 15.5%, faster than the economy overall. Capping carbon emissions would accelerate the growth of these high-paying, clean jobs.

By 2007, more than 4,800 businesses had generated more than 55,500 Texas jobs in the clean energy economy. A cap on carbon, like the one passed by the House, would combine with the clean energy provisions in February's stimulus to create 153,000 jobs for Texas's workers.

The EDF also projects that failure to act could cause major problems including:

Unchecked climate change could cause Texas's 250,000 farms to lose ground to droughts and agricultural pests.

Relative sea-level rise in parts of Texas's Gulf Coast region is projected to be as high as 24 to 48 inches by 2050 to 2100, caused by the combination of warming oceans, melting ice, and local land sinking.

EPA estimates that sand replenishment to protect the Texas coast from a 20-inch rise in sea level could cost $4.2-$12.8 billion.

Climate change will damage the 134,232 jobs provided by Texas's $8.4 billion hunting, wildlife watching, and angling industries.

Oxfam's Social Vulnerability Index reveals that 45% of Texas' counties have high social vulnerability to climate-change related hazards.

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