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Inhofe, Environmental Groups, Respond To EPA Finding

Green groups have, unsurprisingly, taken a different position. League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski said, "With this endangerment finding, the EPA has taken a step towards a cleaner, safer, more prosperous future for our country. The next critical step is for Congress to pass a comprehensive clean energy bill that will create millions of jobs, improve our security and protect our planet."

And David Doniger, policy director of the Climate Center at the Natural Resources Defense Council said, "With this step, Administrator Lisa Jackson and the Obama administration have gone a long way to restore respect for both science and law. The era of defying science and the Supreme Court has ended.

Acknowledging that global warming pollution is dangerous to our health and our environment requires the EPA to follow up with standards under the Clean Air Act -- the nation's most effective environmental law -- to curb carbon pollution from our cars, power plants, and other industrial sources.

We'll let you know if and when conservatives trot the "$3,128 energy tax" or "green-jobs-kill-other-jobs" trope.

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