After filling the economic and national security rosters, the Obama administration will turn to environmental and energy questions, such as the EPA and DOE. The WaPo and Reuters look at all the names making the rounds. The WSJ edit page is very, very afraid.
Of what, exactly? Greater executive-branch regulation of energy and the environment. Using the existing Clean Air Act and the EPA to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions would be a way to sidestep messy congressional fights over climate-change, argues Marc Ambinder. David Roberts ponders the pros and (alleged) cons of such an approach. Which might run into some manpower issues, but might also keep congressmen from having to vote for unpopular measures, Bradford Plumer notes.
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