API Scientific Director Questions ‘Any Effect At All’ From Greenhouse Pollution

After the EPA unveiled the first-ever inventory of greenhouse gas polluters in the United States, the American Petroleum Institute’s scientific affairs director questioned whether the 185 million tons of carbon pollution the oil refineries listed emit each year have anything to do with climate change. When the EPA established an inventory of toxic mercury pollution 20 years ago, public pressure brought down pollution levels. “The major difference between this and air toxics is that there is no local effect with climate change, if there is any effect at all,” said Howard Feldman, regulatory and scientific affairs director at the American Petroleum Institute, told the National Journal.

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