For those who were tempted to buy EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s implausible claim that the risible CO2 “endangerment” finding had nothing at all to do with getting a nice reception at Kyopenhagen, take a look at her agency-wide e-mail sent yesterday, excerpted in pertinent part:
SUBJECT: A Week to Remember
FROM: Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
TO: All EPA Employees
This week we made history.
On Monday, I signed the finalized endangerment finding on greenhouse gases, a decision that has been years in the making. The long-overdue finding cements 2009’s place in history as the year when our government — and our agency — truly began addressing the challenge of greenhouse gas pollution and seizing the opportunities of clean energy reform….
Our actions also send a clear message to the global community that the United States — with EPA leading the way — is committed to acting on the greatest environmental challenge of our time.
That message to our global partners was absolutely critical this week in my talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. I can’t tell you how proud I was to represent the United States and all of us here at EPA in the meetings I attended. The world is watching – and they are excited about the hard work you are doing.”
This is fairly typical Obama administration sniveling and dissembling: Don’t blame us, carbon regulation was in the works since our reckless predecessor . . . but . . . this marks the first time our government ever showed responsibility. This decision is not posturing in advance of Copenhagen . . . but . . . what a great thing for us to do as Copenhagen began — the Euros really dug it.