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Obama administration about to declare carbon dioxide a danger to the public, allowing regulation

The day before talks start in Copenhagen on a new international treaty to combat climate change, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States is set to declare carbon dioxide a ‘public danger’ as soon as Monday.

The decision by the EPA means that carbon dioxide emissions could become regulated by the US government, including setting new emission standards for vehicles and possibly regulating other high-carbon industries such as utility companies.

The timing of announcement is thought in part to give even more political clout to the Obama Administration at the Copenhagen talks. The move may also propel the Senate to act more quickly on climate legislation before them.

After long waiting for Congress to tackle climate policy, the Obama Administration recently shot into action in time to counter rising criticism of the United States’ inaction before the Copenhagen Summit. Over the past few weeks the administration has set an emissions reduction target, negotiated with China and India on the issue, and announced that Obama will attend the end of the Copenhagen talks along with other world leaders.

It appears that the Obama Administration has become intent on proving that it is serious about fighting climate change.

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