14 May 2007 19:47 [Source: ICIS news]
Bush also called on Congress to enact legislation to implement his announced goal of reducing
Bush directed the departments of energy, environmental protection and agriculture to work toward a set of regulations that would force reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from automobile engines and off-road engines used in construction and agriculture.
The White House move was seen in part as a reaction to last month’s ruling by the US Supreme Court that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has both the authority and an obligation to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2).
The Bush administration had argued that EPA did not have that authority, but the high court ruling last month left the White House no option but to pursue greenhouse gas regulation.
However, Bush said regulations he wants completed by the end of next year must limit greenhouse gas emissions “in a manner consistent with sound science, analysis of benefits and costs, public safety and economic growth”.
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