The Dernogalizer

September 21, 2009

Why EPA Authority is Overblown

The Washington Post’s editorial today titled “Regulating Carbon” is actually spot on.  I’ve lamented before that maintaining EPA Authority to regulate CO2 is an overblown priority of environmental organizations which would be better replaced with increased advocacy for stronger emissions reductions targets.  The reality is that it isn’t worth trying to keep EPA Authority in Federal Climate Legislation if you end up killing the bill because of it.  In my opinion, it’s all but impossible to keep it in the final bill because Congress will want the ball in its court, and it will play the game of checks and balances and take regulating CO2 out of the hands of the executive branch as much as it can.  Far more effective for the climate would be to pass a bill similar to, but preferably stronger than the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House in June.  EPA Authority is a useful bargaining chip to use for concessions, so it will be good if the draft version of the Senate bill restores it(whereas the House bill eliminated it).  However, it’s not the be all end all, and Democratic leaders will sacrifice it on the Senate floor or in conference committee between the House and the Senate over the final version of the bill.    Best excerpt from the editorial is below.

“The Clean Air Act, in other words, is breathtakingly unsuited to the great task of battling global warming. It would provide no economy-wide and declining cap on carbon, no market signal to industry or clean-energy investors that could spark innovation and greater efficiencies. There would be a thicket of red tape and regulations but nowhere near the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of the Waxman-Markey bill, let alone those called for by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

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1 Comment »

  1. thanks
    Your information is very helpful

    Comment by So Helpful — September 22, 2009 @ 3:01 am | Reply


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