Last updated on: 6/10/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?"
Reasoning:

“The Earth’s climate is changing. In most places, average temperatures are rising… The most rapid warming has occured in recent decades. Most of this recent warming is very likely the result of human activities.

Many human activities release ‘greenhouse gases’ into the atmosphere. The levels of these gases are increasing at a faster rate than at any time in hundreds of thousands of years.

We know that greenhouse gases trap heat. If human activities continue to release greenhouse gases at or above the current rate, we will continue to increase average temperatures around the globe. Increases in global temperatures will most likely change our planet’s climate in ways that will have significant long-term effects on people and the environment…

Within the past 30 years, the rate of warming across the globe has been approximately three times greater than the rate over the last 100 years. Past climate information suggests the warmth of the last half century is unusual in at least the previous 1,300 years in the Northern Hemisphere…

If humans continue to emit greenhouse gases at or above the current pace, we will probably see an average global temperature increase of 3 to 7°F by 2100, and greater warming after that.”

“Frequently Asked Questions about Global Warming and Climate Change,” www.epa.gov, Apr. 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.”

“About EPA,” EPA website (accessed Nov. 19, 2008)

Mission:

“The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect and safeguard human health and the environment.”

“FY 2009 EPA Budget in Brief,” EPA website (accessed Nov. 19, 2008)

Other:
Government agency
Contact Info:
Phone
202-272-0167
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
www.epa.gov
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?