Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Enviros irked by EPA’s slackness

Posted By on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

While the U.S. Environmental Protection agency promises, and sometimes threatens, action on numerous environmental issues facing our country, the agency is often slow to act ... a reality that's both pushing states to enact their own environmental regulations and causing environmentalists a great deal of frustration.

From The Los Angeles Times:

A recent spate of decisions by the Obama administration to delay crucial pollution regulations is helping mend fences with an alienated business community but is angering the president's allies in the environmental movement that helped him to victory in 2008.

Among the rules that the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed implementing have been stronger restrictions on air pollution and coal ash residue.

The delays come even as the administration and the agency are finding support in the courts. On Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington denied an effort led by Texas to stop the agency's regulation of greenhouse gases.

The White House and the EPA strongly deny that the delays are politically motivated, and they moved to shut down increasing speculation that the administration might back off upcoming rules to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

"If legislation comes to the president's desk that backtracks on regulation of greenhouse gases, his senior advisors would recommend a veto," said a White House official. "That's our position today and that will be our position in the future."

Read the rest of this article, by Neela Banerjee, here.

Meanwhile, the EPA seems to have plenty of time for its YouTube channel.

Further reading:

EPA chief Lisa Jackson braces for battle with Congress over climate change regulations -- The New Jersey Star Ledger

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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