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Back When Republicans Cared About The Environment

William Ruckelshaus was the EPA Administrator under Presidents Nixon and Reagan.  In a recent interview he fondly recalled the days when protecting the environment was a bipartisan cause. The Reagan Administration was less sympathetic than the Nixon Administration to environmental regulation, environmental laws, but nowhere near where the Republican Party has come today. There [was] […]

Continuing one of the best months of the Obama Presidency, the President took a couple of actions last week to protect the environment: President Obama announced he was withdrawing a pristine and ecologically rich region of Alaska from any future oil and gas development. Using section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Obama […]

The American Legislative Exchange Council has been a powerful arm of the conservative movement often drafting model legislation that Republicans have introduced across the country and in Congress.  And in the wake of election victories by the GOP, they have big plans: On the agenda for its environment and energy task force are draft model […]

It is pretty clear that the key component of the Republican agenda is rolling back many of the good things that have happened in the Obama Administration.  Key among these are environmental protections: Republican lawmakers are planning an all-out assault on Obama’s environmental agenda, including rules on mercury and other air toxics from power plants, […]

Another Victory For EPA

EPA has been quite successful in the courts this year.  This week they won another victory: On Tuesday, a federal District Court judge upheld the EPA’s revocation of the West Virginia surface mine’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, calling it “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.” At issue was the […]

Republicans love to say that regulation is costing the economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  But estimates are all over the place. …the cost of any particular regulation is often described differently by the agency, by outside parties, and by agency critics in Congress. For example, a regulation issued in 2012 curbing mercury […]

Dealing with climate change will cost us a great deal.  This is the source of much of the argument over climate policy.  However, the cost of doing nothing is probably immeasurably higher as described by Mark Schapiro. The Environmental Protection Agency has an estimated price for the effects of greenhouse gases: It’s called the “social […]

Typically I don’t pay much attention to what goes on in Missouri, outside of the occasional snake-handling god-botherer getting his chance to meet the Big Guy, or Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin recanting his apologies for mansplaining gynecology to the nation, but now and again someone in the Show Me state, well, shows us something. Today’s case […]

The regulations proposed last month to combat emissions from existing power plants were a critical step toward combating climate change. But the regulations are a long way from taking effect.  In a column for the Hill today, I discuss the long path forward and also how this path ensures that if the regulations are finalized, […]

The Supreme Court actually partially upheld one of President Barack Obama’s early efforts against climate change, saying the Environmental Protection Agency had authority to impose new permitting requirements on some power plants and factories. This may prove to be a Pyrrhic victory as another government shutdown is planned because the Obama Administration is in favor of […]

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