The New York Times, October 11, 2012
Laws to Fight Warming
To the Editor:
The real tragedy of Tatoosh Island, Wash., is that America isn’t making good use of existing laws that could fight the carbon pollution driving both climate change and ocean acidification (“Scientists Adopt Tiny Island as a Warming Bellwether,” news article, Oct. 7).
The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act could be potent weapons against greenhouse gases, but the Environmental Protection Agency has been too timid in deploying them to defend our climate and oceans.
These landmark laws have served America well for decades, and they offer our best hope for quick action against the man-made global warming and ocean acidification threatening our planet’s precious, lovely and irreplaceable biodiversity.
Director, Climate Law Institute
Center for Biological Diversity
Joshua Tree, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012
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