Here’s a new idea for giving EPA more power to regulate CO2


Reading about ocean acidification is usually a bummer: A hefty portion of the carbon dioxide we’re spewing into the atmosphere is getting absorbed into the oceans, where it is killing off sea creatures (including some of the most delicious ones) and ruining coastal economies. Each report on the topic seems more dire than the last. Just last week, a team of experts found, in BBC’s phrasing, that “CO2 from burning fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of the seas faster than at any time since a cataclysmic natural event known as the Great Dying 250 million years ago.” Awesome.

But what if ocean acidification could also offer a new way to compel the U.S. government to get serious about regulating carbon emissions? That’s the idea that a former EPA scientist and lawyers at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity have now seized on.

Last week, the center filed a…

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