Friday, October 31, 2008
As If They Haven't Unraveled Protections Enough Already
Every administration does this, making last minute changes to laws and regulations while Congress is out of town. If you compare what Bush is doing now with what Clinton did as he was leaving office, you find a stark difference between Republican and Democratic views, especially on enviornmental regulations.
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Two other rules nearing completion would ease limits on pollution from power plants, a major energy industry goal for the past eight years that is strenuously opposed by Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups.
One rule, being pursued over some opposition within the Environmental Protection Agency, would allow current emissions at a power plant to match the highest levels produced by that plant, overturning a rule that more strictly limits such emission increases. According to the EPA's estimate, it would allow millions of tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, worsening global warming.
A related regulation would ease limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants near national parks.
A third rule would allow increased emissions from oil refineries, chemical factories and other industrial plants with complex manufacturing operations.