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Another GHG Lawsuit Against EPA:

Yesterday, twelve state attorneys general filed suit against the EPA seeking the regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases from oil refineries. According to the suit, the EPA is required to set New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from such facilities, but has failed to do so. Given Massachusetts v. EPA, and the Supreme Court's conclusion that greenhouse gases are "pollutants" under the Act, I think they have a pretty open-and-shut case. The WSJ reports here.

Happyshooter:
And so the American era ends. I am glad I got to see us while we were still a world power.
8.26.2008 10:51am
genob:
Next election cycle they all try to take credit for "healing the planet." It will take at least two cycles for the electorate to realize that they should be credited with the doubling of their electric bills and the rampant blackouts on hot summer days.
8.26.2008 11:20am
Jay Myers:
Now that the EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, I propose that they impose strict limits on emissions by judges.

Also, since water vapor is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, does that mean we have to ban hydrogen fuel cells?
8.26.2008 11:35am
PLR:
And so the American era ends. I am glad I got to see us while we were still a world power.

We ought to have a blue font or something at this low tech blog to indicate ironic and portentous posts.

I know I'd use such a feature.
8.26.2008 11:45am
Sarcastro (www):
Yep, we're all gonna die cause of regulation of oil refineries. Well, that and the whale thing in the other thread.
8.26.2008 12:02pm
Opher Banarie (mail) (www):
Maybe the EPA can be convinced to take a societal benefit view of any GHG regulations (since Liberals seem to prefer that slant for things anyway). I'd suggest that society benefits more from oil refineries than it does from private jets, so let's leave the oil refineries alone and ground all jets that seat fewer than 100. Al Gore gets to fly with you and I on SouthWest!
8.26.2008 1:56pm
Al Maviva (mail):
Right on, PLR. There should be some way of calling out that kind of moronic fearmongering, because it's not like a near-absolute power like that would ever be misused by a bureaucracy. The EPA would never do anything to hurt us - they'd only hammer on evil power, energy, transportation and agricultural corporations. Us, they're looking out for.
8.26.2008 1:57pm
Connecticut Lawyer (mail):
The Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts was so transparently wrong, that the best thing the Administration can do is stall. Not that the Court is going to fix things or that the next Administration will, either. Both Obama and McCain have drunk the kool aid on this. But at least Bush can avoid making things worse; by the time the courts get around to issuing any orders here, it will all be somebody else's headache.
8.26.2008 3:42pm
Happyshooter:
Yep, we're all gonna die cause of regulation of oil refineries. Well, that and the whale thing in the other thread.

A federal judge and a federal court of appeals panel being allowed to decide on creating, opening, and usage of every facet of our way of life, from making oil to making power, to making things to growing and harvesting food to transportion to heating our homes...means it is over.

The fact that federal judges now make military basing and operations decisions, including use of sonor devices and basing of armored brigades and aircraft wings in the mid and far pacific, means once we are reduced by the rulers in black a little bit more china will have a walk-over for their invasion.
8.26.2008 4:50pm
PLR:
Maybe Al Maviva and happyshooter could get their acts together. At first happyshooter seemed to be attributing the demise of America to 12 attorneys general, but then he apparently decided it was the judges' fault (even though they have not done anything). Al Maviva says it's all the EPA's fault, which is curious since the EPA hasn't done anything here either, which is the basis for the complaint.

Is there any good guy in the picture? Maybe some political appointee at DOE who proudly ignores Acts of Congress and decisions of federal courts telling him he has a job to do?
8.26.2008 5:58pm
Duncan Frissell (mail):
I think all those who support the court's finding in Massachusetts v. EPA (which will be reversed after a few more appointments by McCain) should have their discharge of CO2 licensed and restricted by the EPA (including the court majority). That would solve our problems in a few minutes.
8.26.2008 6:28pm
Duncan Frissell (mail):
Generally, I find that government design of cars, toilets, power plants, and refineries is suboptimal. Perhaps, bureau-rats are not the best designers of such items. Maybe those of us who can design such things should be in charge of the design.
8.26.2008 8:22pm
Smokey:
PLR:
We ought to have a blue font or something at this low tech blog to indicate ironic and portentous posts.
But PLR, wouldn't it bother you that all your posts would be blue?

Mine, of course, would be black and double underlined, italicized bold.

But of course, that's as it should be.
8.27.2008 12:46am
PLR:
But PLR, wouldn't it bother you that all your posts would be blue?
I would deny that my posts are at all portentous, they tend to be understated.
8.27.2008 2:06am
Happyshooter:
Is there any good guy in the picture?

No
8.27.2008 4:46pm