Reining in EPA

02/14/2011
Hearings began last week on legislation that would derail the US Environmental Protection Agency's regulation, under the Clean Air Act, of greenhouse gas emissions. They represent a triumph of public discourse and participatory government. Not long ago, any initiative purporting to resist global warming would have had clear sailing. The popular view was that greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by human activity inexorably and unquestionably warmed the planet and that catastrophe would ensue unless people radically changed behavior, especially by slashing their use of fossil fuel. The science was said to be settled. Contrary views were rejected on sight as the wicked fulmina...
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