Emissions ruling adds to Obama firepower

Carbon dioxide and five other gases pose a danger to human health

12-08-2009 // Anna Fifield - Financial Times

President Barack Obama has been armed with new ammunition for the Copenhagen summit on climate change following a decision yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency authorising a crackdown on greenhouse-gas emissions.

The ruling that carbon dioxide and five other gases pose a danger to human health clears the way for the agency to regulate emissions from large industrial sources without waiting for legislation from Congress...

Analysts said the move would strengthen Mr Obama's hand in Copenhagen. "He will be able to sign up to a high-level political agreement," said Joe Mendelson, director of global warming policy at the National Wildlife Federation. Read full article...

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