In declaring carbon dioxide and five other gases dangerous to public health, the Environmental Protection Agency initiated the process for creating emissions rules that would affect the automotive, utility, oil, chemicals, cement, steel and forestry industries, among others. If Congress does not push forward with its initiatives to curb pollutants that are thought to cause global warming, the agency has the authority to set in place its own regulations. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association immediately challenged the measure, saying the agency has not addressed the concerns of stakeholders.

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