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EPA Wants To Set Emission Standards For Passenger Jets

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  • EPA Wants To Set Emission Standards For Passenger Jets

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called for regulating U.S. aircraft emissions, expanding the government's effort to crack down on industries officials say are contributing to global warming.
    The EPA issued what's known as a preliminary finding of endangerment. The agency declared the emissions are harmful to human health and contribute to climate change -- a declaration that lays the groundwork for the government to eventually regulate the airline industry.
    Critics, though, have warned that the looming rules could eventually lead to increased ticket prices -- and more crowded flights -- as airlines try to comply with new efficiency standards.
    “The sky is the limit when it comes to how much of the U.S. economy the EPA wants to control,” Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said in a written statement following the EPA announcement.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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