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    Morning Bell: If Action Is Needed Now, Then Act!

    Liberals in Congress and environmentalists are predictably apoplectic over the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to seek public comment before issuing regulations under the Clean Air Act on carbon emissions. House Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) accused the Bush administration of “running out the clock” on global … More

    Costly Carbon Caps Avoided ... For Now

    The Heritage Foundation applauds the announcement by EPA administrator Stephen Johnson that the agency will respond to the Supreme Court’s Massachusetts v. EPA decision by issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on the question of regulating carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. It … More

    Why Liberals Want the EPA to Regulate Carbon

    Two articles from Congressional Quarterly last week show why liberals are so desperate to have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate carbon under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA). First from “Democrats reject Bush’ Cost-Benefit Approach to Pollution Standards” we learn: Under the Clean Air Act, last overhauled … More

    Al Kamen Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

    Writing up yesterday’s House Select Committee for energy Independence and Global Warming hearing, Washington Post columnist Al Kamen takes EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to task for referring to Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in his testimony instead of Justice Paul Stevens majority opinion. Kamen seems to think this proves Johnson is … More

    Sanity Prevailing at EPA

    For months now, Heritage has warned against any effort by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide or other so-called greenhouse gas emissions on the grounds that they would lead to an extremely costly and burdensome Pandora’s Box under the Clean Air Act. Even though EPA’s action would at first deal … More

    Common Sense Questions on the Clean Air Act

    Tomorrow the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global warming will hold a hearing to discuss the Bush administration’s response to the Supreme Court’s Massachusetts v. EPA decision. The Court’s 5-4 decision held that the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) broad definition of “air pollutant” gave the EPA the authority … More

    Putting Words in the EPA's Mouth

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a waiver of Clean Air Act Preemption for California’s greenhouse gas emission standards. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson signed the 48-page Federal Register Notice claiming that California does not have “compelling and extraordinary conditions” justified to set stricter standards than federal law allows … More

    Do Not Cast That Die

    According to InsideEPA (subscription required) EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson appears to be listening to reason on EPA’s possible release of an endangerment finding on CO2. Johnson told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that the agency is “taking a step back” to analyze how finding CO2 to be a pollutant under … More

    How Congress Can Save the Construction Sector

    The biggest danger to the U.S. construction sector is not the sub-prime mortgage crisis … it is the chance that this Administration, or the next, will regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act (CAA). As The Heartland Institute notes, once CO2 is deemed “regulated” under the CAA, no new or … More

    Let Congress Lead on Carbon

    Contrary to popular belief, the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA did not require the EPA to issue rules regulating the emission of carbon dioxide. Instead it instructed the agency to ground its reason for action or inaction within the statutory requirements of the Clean Air … More