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October 3, 2002
To The Editor,
The Washington Post’s (“Ducking on Warming, Sept. 20) editorial page attacks the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not discuss greenhouse gases in its yearly assessment of the Clean Air Act (CAA). But the CAA has no authority to regulate carbon dioxide nor is carbon dioxide a pollutant that is relevant to air quality. Indeed, it is odorless, colorless, nontoxic and essential to life.
The Post failed to report the real story behind the EPA’s assessment. According to the EPA, “Since 1970, aggregate emissions of six principal pollutants tracked nationally have been cut 25 percent. During that same time period, U.S. gross domestic product increased 161 percent, energy consumption increased 42 percent, and vehicle miles traveled have increased 149 percent.” Instead of reporting this good news, the Post chooses to nitpick about global warming.
Finally, would the Post like to cite its source for the claim that “most scientists believe” that greenhouse gases are “contributing to rising temperatures around the globe?” I’ve never seen such a poll.