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EPA as regulator?

Given the gridlock in Congress over the climate bill, is the Obama administration's fallback strategy to let EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions a good idea?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on February 22, 2010 3:48 PM
FROM THE PANEL

It's a good idea for EPA to act

Since the EPA has no choice but to regulate greenhouse gases, and could come under serious legal fire if it does not, it is a good idea for EPA to act.

Posted by Richard L. Revesz, on March 1, 2010 12:01 PM

The legal responsibility to address danger

The current proposals by EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions result directly from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in 2007 that greenhouse gases are a form of air pollution subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on February 26, 2010 10:42 AM

A potentially costly pathway forward

Given the gridlock in Congress over the climate bill, is the Obama administration's fallback strategy to let EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions a good idea? There is no doubt that the USA needs to act from a federal perspective on...

Posted by David Hone, on February 26, 2010 10:29 AM

EPA strategy would be enviornmentally unreliable

First, let's get our terms right: The possibility that EPA will regulate greenhouse gas emissions was decidedly not "the Obama administration's fallback strategy." It's come about because the Supreme Court held that EPA is bound under the Clean Air Act to determine whether those emissions pose a danger...

Posted by Robert J. Shapiro, on February 25, 2010 7:24 AM

A sub-optimal course of action

Like many questions regarding climate change, the answer has both a political and a substantive component. But in this case, neither provides an obvious response.

Posted by Bernard Finel, on February 23, 2010 3:26 PM

A prescription for an economic disaster

It is a horrible idea and EPA, given the recent comments by Administrator Lisa Jackson, may be coming to the same conclusion. Since greenhouse gas emissions are the byproduct of energy use to fuel economic growth and raise our standard of living, EPA regulation would inevitably involve attempting to regulate and manage the economy.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on February 23, 2010 2:44 PM

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