In testimony to Congress, Gordon MacDonald, who chaired the climat report for the elite scientist group called the JASONs, blasted the federal government, and the EPA in particular, for having 'completely neglected the carbon dioxide problem.' Under both the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, the EPA was obligated to analyze and identify hazards from air pollutants according to MacDonald. But it had yet to consider the carbon dioxide problem and did not even have a program to research it.
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Gordon MacDonald, Testimony, Synthetic Fuels: Hearings Before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, July 17, 1979