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Washington, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday denied 10 petitions challenging its 2009 determination that climate change is real, is occurring due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities, and threatens human health and the environment. After months of serious consideration of the petitions and of the state of climate change science, the EPA has found no evidence to support these challenges. On the contrary, the EPA's review shows that climate science is credible, compelling, and growing stronger. The EPA's decision to uphold its 2009 endangerment finding shows that the agency is committed to protecting America's most vulnerable communities from continued, increasing environmental degradation. The EPA recognizes that ignoring the real impact of climate change and pollution in our communities would only lead to ever worse health consequences for Americans, from childhood asthma to early death. "Air pollution is a serious problem, whether it's the refinery pollution in my hometown that gave me asthma as a young girl, or the greenhouse gases that are changing our climate and threatening everything from coastal towns to the vitality of farms," said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. "I am glad to see the EPA understands that, and is determined to protect Americans from air pollution." Green For All stands with Administrator Jackson’s call for a "better solution…more green jobs, more clean-energy innovation, and an end to the oil addiction that pollutes our planet and jeopardizes our national security."