"They're enforcing the law, and they're following the science," Dickinson said. "We have some really extraordinary laws in the books, but they just weren't enforced for the past eight years, so you have a new chief of environmental enforcement who actually cares about science and cares about the law and getting after it."
Obama's handling of the environment differs from his dealings with financial organizations because, with the former, there are special interests involved, and it turns more into a game of cutting deals as opposed to following the law, Dickinson said.
"Here on the environmental side, he really doesn't need congressional cooperation, he has the law on his side and he just needs to enforce it," Dickinson said.
Coal will be Obama's biggest fight, Dickinson continued. Phasing out coal-powered industry will meet with roadblocks along the way, since it has many defenders in Congress that will try and stymie the EPA's authority.
What do you think? Do you agree with Dickinson that Obama has been a great environmental enforcer?