The U.S. proves legitimacy to Copenhagen climate conference

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 7, 2009 10:50 am

The Copenhagen Climate Conference is underway as world leaders come together to discuss the threat of climate change and its impact on our world. As we’ve previously reported, climate change may have a direct and dire affect on our beloved snow and mountain culture. Skiers, snowboarders, and mountain children of all ages…beware.

Some of the early reports coming out of Copenhagen reflected leaders’ dismay that the United States and China are not actively doing enough to combat the threat. Considering our country and China both produce the largest amount of harmful emissions, in the world other countries feel it our responsibility to take some major action.

In response to that criticism, the EPA has released a statement confirming that greenhouse gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said, “The overwhelming amount of scientific studies show that the threat is real. These long-overdue findings cement 2009′s place in history as the year when the United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean energy reform”. Jackson will now head to Copenhagen to address the Council directly, hopefully conveying to them the sincerity with which the U.S. is approaching the subject.

Part of the reason for the EPA’s release of this statement is because in order to regulate greenhouse gases, they have to produce an “endangerment finding”–and that’s exactly what their statement is.

Regulating greenhouse gases is what the Obama administration is pushing for. They would like to put a price on carbon emissions, or in other words, use the natural force of the market as an incentive for businesses to reduce carbon emissions.

Save our snow! Save our snow!