“This is how science works” on global warming, court rules

E.P.A. Emissions Rules Backed by Court – NYTimes.com.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that heat-trapping gases from industry and vehicles endanger public health, dealing a decisive blow to companies and states that had sued to block agency rules.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared that the agency was “unambiguously correct” that the Clean Air Act requires the federal government to impose limits once it has determined that emissions are causing harm.

The judges unanimously dismissed arguments from industry that the science of global warming was not well supported and that the agency had based its judgment on unreliable studies. “This is how science works,” they wrote. “The E.P.A. is not required to reprove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.”

Tip: NCSE

The NCSE covered this landmark ruling here.

As part of its eighty-two-page decision issued on June 26, 2012, the court wrote, “The body of scientific evidence marshalled by EPA … is substantial. EPA’s scientific evidence of record included support for the proposition that greenhouse gases trap heat on earth that would otherwise dissipate into space; that this ‘greenhouse effect’ warms the climate; that human activity is contributing to increased atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases; and that the climate system is warming. Based on this scientific record, EPA made the linchpin finding: in its judgment, the ‘root cause’ of the recently observed climate change is ‘very likely’ the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions”.

The science speaks for itself but it’s good to see the court acknowledge that and allow agencies to act upon it. Let’s move forward.

And to those climate denialists that still try to post here. Time to shut up with your “lack of evidence” nonsense.

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  3 comments for ““This is how science works” on global warming, court rules

  1. Massachusetts
    June 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    The “lack of evidence” tactic is nuts. It’s sad coming from ordinary citizens who are mislead and misinformed, but it’s despicable coming from industry groups and lawyers–unscrupulous and disingenuous. It’s frightening how many people in power don’t care about the truth, especially when the stakes are so high.

    • June 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      I just blocked a comment from posted on the NC thread. Someone was snarky that I didn’t post requested “evidence”. I don’t have that much room! And it’s not for me to argue for global warming. The evidence from all over different branches of science is too much to summarize in a comment. It is the scientific consensus and I trust that. That’s what we go by here.

  2. Massachusetts
    June 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Unfortunately we can predictably expect accusations of “activist judges” to start flying now. Hopefully though this is at least a step towards sanity.

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