I was quite pleased to read of the Supreme Court’s recent (split) decision providing a “green light” to the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. I added my voice to Environmental Defense’s call urging the EPA to act.

EPA Administrator:

As a concerned citizen, I urge the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its mission by regulating the pollutants causing global warming, as the Supreme Court’s recent ruling has given your agency a clear “green light” to do.

The best available climate science, summarized in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, indicates global warming is happening faster than previously thought. As the world leader in greenhouse gas emissions, we need to act now.

I congratulate you for recently reversing your previous position and granting California’s waiver to cut global warming pollutants from passenger vehicles. Moving forward, I expect the Agency to work on strategies for creating economy-wide, market-based caps on greenhouse gas emissions to reverse increases in these atmospheric pollutants while spurring the creation of sustainable, nonpolluting, alternative energy sources.