EPA is a serious regulator, but its strategy has always been gradualism and accommodation -- probably to a fault. The idea that the EPA's regulatory decisions are made by environmental zealots is absolutely ludicrous.
Fifteen years ago, the government decided to clean up a large fraction of the sulfur and nitrogen pollution belching into our skies and acidifying the lakes of the Northeast. Yesterday the EPA released the results.
This week, the EPA asked for a one-year delay on new rules for air pollution and announced they want to wait six months before setting new standards for ozone smog. Has someone discovered a way to travel back in time to the Bush administration?
With polluters pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into lobbying and political contributions this year, Big Oil and King Coal are hoping to keep Sen. Bond's anti-clean air spirit alive well into the next Congress.