20 May '13, 2am

Once more, with feeling: EPA is required to regulate co2 from existing power plants via @drgrist

I didn’t set out to spend all week endorsing Jonathan Chait posts , but he’s got a follow-up to the cover story he wrote last week and, well, I endorse it. Like Chait, I continue to believe that Obama’s EPA will issue CO2 standards on existing power plants. At the very least, there’s no dispositive evidence that it won’t. And I too believe that those standards are the most important piece of Obama’s climate legacy, if not his overall legacy. But Chait passes over a key fact that, to my eternal puzzlement, plays little role in the discussion about EPA rules. Quite simply, EPA is legally obligated to issue these rules . I said it all in a post I wrote early last year , but to recap: 1. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in Mass v. EPA that CO2 qualifies as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. 2. In 2009, EPA issued an endangerment finding that deemed CO2 a threat to public hea...

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