Can the EPA greenhouse gas report be used to create climate control laws in the US?



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    This fall, the EPA officially determined that greenhouse gases are a health threat that can be regulated under the Clean Air Act.  This does not mean the EPA can create any new laws to reduce global warming, but it can now pass restrictions on greenhouse gases using its authority under the existing Clean Air Act law.  In this way, the EPA could make considerable headway toward curbing the US contribution to global warming even without Congress passing a new climate law.  However, for this development to be meaningful the EPA has to actually act on its authority and determine strong new restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.  If you want to let President Obama know whether you’d support him instructing the EPA to curb global warming, you can send a comment to the White House at

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