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By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

Greenhouse gases represent threats to public health and welfare, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday in an endangerment finding that could lead to regulation of smokestack a clothes online designer nd tailpipe emissions causing climate change.

This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement. The proposed finding would go into effect following a 60day comment period, and covers six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, widely produced as a byproduct of burning fossils fuels such as coal.

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants and subject to Clean Air Act regulation. The ruling required the EPA to decide whether global warming threatens human health, and if so, to take steps to cut such emissions.

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The release of EPAs proposed finding that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare is long overdue, said a statement from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D. Calif., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Clean Air Act provides EPA with an effective toolbox for cutting greenhouse gas emissions right now, Boxer added in the statement, but she also called for Congress to pass legislation capping emissions of greenhouse gases and allowing corporations to buy and sell the rights tothose emissions in a greenhouse gas market.

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded it is highly likely that greenhouse clothes online designer gas emissions were the major factor behind a roughly onedegree Fahrenheit increase in global average atmospheric temperatures over the last century, likely to lead to a three to seven degree rise by 2100. Greenhouse gases are transparent to sunlight, but trap heat, warming the atmosphere.

Among other ills from this warming noted in the finding, the EPA cites increased likelihood of:

more frequent and intense heat waves, drought, wildfires, storms and floods.

worsened air quality, farming and wildlife conditions.

more heavy downpours and flooding.

greater sea level rise.

The proposed endangerment finding marks the official beginning of an era of controlling carbon in the United States, said Roger Martella, a former EPA general counsel in the Bush administration, which declined to follow the Supreme Courts decision with an endangerment ruling. This means that EPAs mission of environmental protection will burst outside those bounds and place it on the stage as one of the most influential regulators of both energy use and the greater economy in the upcoming year, Martella says.

David Bookbinder, a Sierra Club attorney who helped lead the 2007 Supreme Court case, suggested that EPA would likely first tackle the most serious sources of greenhouse gas emissions, coalfired power plant smokestacks, rather than attempt widespread regulation of smaller sources.

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