Statement: EPA Finalizes National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

-On the occasion of EPA’s announcement that it finalized the rule for a federal greenhouse gas registry.-

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

September 22, 2009

Today’s action by EPA provides a major building block to any future program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Accurate data are critical to designing cost-effective programs that respond to the threat of climate change. The key lesson from the European greenhouse gas emissions trading program is that we must get the data right. This greenhouse gas reporting requirement, along with the recently proposed rule to limit vehicle emissions, are two much needed steps as we await further action by the Senate on climate change.


Pew Center Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, 703-516-4146