- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
In the announcement, the agency noted that it believes warming of the climate system to "unequivocal."
The following excerpt was taken from the rulemaking justification section: "As is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level. Global mean surface temperatures have risen by 0.74 [deg]C (1.3 [deg]F) over the last 100 years. Global mean surface temperature was higher during the last few decades of the 20th century than during any comparable period during the preceding four centuries. U.S. temperatures also warmed during the 20th and into the 21st century; temperatures are now approximately 0.56 [deg]C (1.0 [deg]F) warmer than at the start of the 20th century, with an increased rate of warming over the past 30 years. Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations." Comments must be received on or before June 9, 2009. There will be two public hearings. One hearing was held on April 6 and 7, 2009, in the Washington, D.C., area. Another hearing will be on April 16, 2009 in Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street). The April 16, 2009 hearing will begin at 9 a.m. local time.
The complete release, linked below, includes an exhaustive list of affected parties, how they will be affected, and justification for the rule.
The public may submit comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0508, by one of the following methods through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.