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George W. Bush decreed first federal regulation of greenhouse gases by Executive Order in May 2007-Marlo Lewis, March 2009

March 2009 article:
3/19/2009, "CO2 Regulation under the Clean Air Act: Economic Train Wreck, Constitutional Crisis, Legislative Thuggery," Marlo Lewis,  
(subhead) "Bush’s Response"
"The Bush Administration at first was gung-ho to make an [CO2] endangerment finding. In his 2006 State of the Union AddressPresident Bush declared that “America is addicted to oil.” He set a goal of reducing U.S. oil imports 20% in 10 years, and by executive order directed the EPA and the Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Agriculture to develop rules increasing federal fuel economy and renewable fuel standards [ethanol].  
No law on the books explicitly authorizes EPA to revise the existing standardsNo problem, said Bush’s advisors, an endangerment finding would give EPA CAA authority to implement the President’s “20-in-10” program. The endangerment finding and associated regulations would also satisfy EPA’s obligations to the Court–a twofer!"...
Executive Order:
May 14, 2007, "Bush orders first federal regulation of greenhouse gases,"
"President George W. Bush today signed an Executive Order directing four federal agencies to develop regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new mobile sources. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emitted by the combustion of fossil fuels, contribute to global climate change. 
The President directed the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, EPA, the Department of 

Transportation, the Department of Energy, and 

the Department of Agriculture to work together

"to protect the environment with respect to 

greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, 

nonroad vehicles,and nonroad engines, in a manner

consistent with sound science, analysis of benefits 

and costs, public safety, and economic growth,

the Executive Order states. 

The President's new policy is based on a decision

by the U.S. Supreme Court April 2 in 

Massachusetts v. EPA that the Bush administration 

failed to follow the requirements of the Clean 

Air Act when it refused to regulate greenhouse 

gas emissions from motor vehicles.
Announcing his new policy at the White House 

today, President Bush said, "Last month, the 

Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must take 

action under the Clean Air Act regarding 

greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.  

So today, I'm directing the EPA and the 

Department of Transportation, Energy, and 

Agriculture to take the first steps toward 

regulations that would cut gasoline consumption 

and greenhouse gas emissions from motor 

vehicles, using my 20-in-10 plan as a starting

The president announced his "20-in-10 plan" 

in January (1/31/2006) during his State of the 

Union address. It aims to cut America's gasoline

usage by 20 percent over the next 10 years....

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, GMA, 

supports the goal of reducing America's reliance 

on fossil fuels but cautioned that a sharp 

increase in the use of corn for ethanol could 

hamper the ability of the food industry to 

provide consumers, both in the U.S. and around

the world, with a reliable and affordable 

supply of food.  

Cal Dooley, GMA president and CEO, said, 

"Consumers have already seen an increase 

in the cost of food, as corn traditionally 

used for livestock feed and processed food 

is increasingly used for fuel. In fact,  

the price of corn has nearly doubled in the 

last nine months.""...

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