2011-06-15 00:34:53E.P.A. Plans Delay of Rule on Emissions -- New York Times
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NY Times, June 13, 2011

E.P.A. Plans Delay of Rule on Emissions

WASHINGTON — Facing intense opposition from Congressional Republicans and industry over a broad range of new air-quality regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it was delaying by two months the release of a proposed rule on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other major pollution sources. 

The rule would have a major impact on the nation’s efforts to reduce emissions of gases blamed for climate change, and its postponement is the latest step by the E.P.A. to slow the issuing of regulations that critics say will slow economic growth, drive up energy costs and reduce employment.

Its delay is a tacit admission that the regulations pose political, economic and technical challenges that cannot be addressed on the aggressive timetable that the agency set for itself early in the Obama administration.

The agency said it was pushing back the new greenhouse gas proposal to the end of September to allow more time to consider comments from generators of electricity, environmental advocates and others during public-comment sessions. Officials said they still expected to have a final rule in place by May 2012.

Scott Segal, a utility industry lobbyist in Washington, said the agency’s caution signaled an understanding that the new rule would have a profound effect on the price, supply and reliability of electricity by forcing modifications to, or the shutdown of, dozens of older power plants. He said the agency had several other major rules pending that would affect power plant operators.

“This action admits the premise that the agency has literally overloaded itself with rule-makings,” Mr. Segal said. “They need to take more time.”

But Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, an environmental advocacy group, expressed fear that the agency was backtracking on critical air-quality actions in the face of Congressional and industry pressure.

“Every time E.P.A. announces a delay,” he said, “it seems to fuel the antiregulatory engine of its opponents in Congress.”

 

2011-06-15 02:33:45
Alex C

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>>>The agency said it was pushing back the new greenhouse gas proposal to the end of September to allow more time to consider comments from generators of electricity, environmental advocates and others during public-comment sessions.

Were the four years between Massachusetts v. EPA and now not enough time to form a rule that had been sufficiently commented on and molded to suit its purpose?

On a side note, I wonder if the same "skeptics" who say that the emission rules are a power grab by the EPA (that always makes me chuckle) are now saying that the EPA is stalling because it knows the rules will crash the economy.

2011-06-15 07:03:23
dana1981
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There's a big anti-EPA push by Republicans right now, no doubt primarily due to global warming denial.  CP had a post today on last night's Repub presidential debate.  Michelle Bachmann (an even crazier version of Sarah Palin, if you can believe that) said we should abolish the EPA, and Pawlenty nodded approval.

Again it's ironic, Republicans blocked a market-friendly cap and trade system and forced EPA's hand.  Now they're crying that EPA GHG regs are bad for the economy.  Yeah, relative to the cap and trade system that you shouldn't have blocked, they are.

Republicans shot themselves in the foot and are now crying about it.  No sympathy from me!  Unfortunately the EPA does seem to be sympathizing a bit, although a 2 month delay isn't the end of the world.

2011-06-15 07:31:29Dana
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I believe the EPA will find wayx to delay the pomulgation of rules re GHG emissions until after the election in in Nov. 2012.

2011-06-15 08:37:43
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That makes the election even more important: If the GOP stranglehold on Congress is strengthened or even maintained, nothing is going to move on AGW.