Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

Keeping cooperation in cooperative federalism

In a little-noticed part of the opinion, the Supreme Court's decision in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation sheds light on a design flaw in the statute that most prominently features cooperative federalism — the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act may be structured, counterintuitively and unhelpfully, to discourage state participation.

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The EPA market manipulation switcheroo

There is a long history of using EPA rules as a catch-all conduit of culpability, a slight-of-hand smokescreen useful for setting up the agency as the dupe to mask the real reasons behind power plant shutdowns.

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Podesta's challenge puts EPA funding on hot seat

White House senior adviser John Podesta threw down the gauntlet to congressional Republicans on attempts to minimize damage being done to the economy by President Obama's environmental regulations. "All I would say is that those have zero percent...

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Oil addiction

This country has an addiction problem. We've spent $20 billion since 2010 trying to kick the habit. But it lingers. It is becoming a threat to our safety. I'm talking about our addiction to oil. It's gotten so bad that we are now paying our enemies' bills.

Each dollar we put into the tank goes to finance religious fanatics in Iran and Syria. And we're putting a lot of money in the tank. Last year, 66 percent of the nation's oil came from abroad. A big chunk of that comes from the Middle East. So each time we pay at the pump, we funnel money into the coffers of the people who have resolved to destroy our way of life.

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