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States Making Citizens Offset Climate Change Impacts from China and India

May 20, 2014

China, India and U.S. Pollution ImpactsWait until someone figures this out other than me:

  1.  Climate change is increasing ozone (according now to the President, EPA, and numerous research institutions around the world).  This is often referred to as the “climate change penalty”.
  2. Approximately 80% of the world’s greenhouse gases are emitted by other countries (see http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/global.html)
  3. States must achieve the ozone standard via the SIP process . . . and EPA has approved numerous ozone SIPs over the last 20 years (see 42 U.S.C. § 7407(a)).
  4. There is not a SIP in the country that acknowledges the climate change penalty and requests relief from offsetting 80% of the climate change penalty.
  5. States are requiring their citizens to offset greenhouse gases from China, India, and other parts of the world.

Isn’t this iconoclastic?  And what’s really fascinating is that Congress and EPA have told the States that they do not expect States to offset emissions from other countries:

  •  The EPA does not expect States to restrict emissions from domestic sources to offset the impacts of international transport of pollution.” —–U.S. EPA (64  Fed. Reg. 35714)
  •  “[T]he EPA will not hold States responsible for developing strategies to “compensate” for the effects of emissions from foreign sources”.   —-U.S. EPA (64  Fed. Reg. 35714).
  •  “Congress clearly wanted to avoid penalizing such areas by not making them responsible for control of emissions emanating from a foreign country over which they have no jurisdiction.”  —U.S. EPA (see http://www.epa.gov/ttncaaa1/t1/fr_notices/pm-add.pdf)

Time to acknowledge the truth . . . . . . . . . . . .  it’s a “small multi-pollutant world after all”.

The world is changing.  We must change with it.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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