EPA to Planet: "Drop Dead! (You, too, Supreme Court!)

Fri, 2008-12-19 16:56Ross Gelbspan
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EPA to Planet: "Drop Dead! (You, too, Supreme Court!)

The Environmental Protection Agency ruled  that new power plants are not required to install technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, rejecting an argument from environmental groups. The ruling turns on a seemingly arcane regulatory question that could govern the future of new fossil fuel-burning buildings and power plants under the Clean Air Act.

During the Bush administration, the EPA has rejected the idea that greenhouse gases should be regulated like soot, smog precursors and other kinds of air pollution, despite an April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that said carbon dioxide fit the definition of a pollutant that could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.


I can’t see that Obama can allow himself to be bound for his term by what Bush does in his last months, and he won’t.  People say its a bit hard to overturn these kinds of things, but there are ways.  What matters is if the incoming President has the support of the American people and Congress as he sweeps away these last attempts to screw the US up. 

A U.S. District Court judge ruled on June 27 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service both wrongly approved expansion of the West Elk coal mine in Somerset, Colo., because they failed to take into account the economic impacts greenhouse gas emissions from the mining would have.
The federal agencies said it was impossible to quantify such impacts, but the court pointed out a tool is...
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