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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Court Stands Up to EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency, known as the EPA, is one of the most meddlesome departments of government. It threatens productive industries with silly global-warming regulations, and it imposes costly burdens on nearly everyone. Its suffocating rules end up costing America many jobs, often without any proof of real benefit.

Finally, a federal court has stood up to the EPA, ordering it, in a dramatic ruling to back off of EPA's new rules about interstate air pollution. You might ask what interstate air pollution is, and it is not clear it is a problem for anyone. The smog in Los Angeles does not come from Arizona or Nevada; bothersome air particles in Houston have not traveled across the Gulf of Mexico from Florida. But anti-business busybodies at the EPA demanded that power companies decrease their emissions to reduce pollution that travels across state lines. These new requirements would have forced companies to close some older power plants, and could have disrupted the reliable delivery of energy to homes and businesses. These dubious new regulations would have also cost many jobs, forcing layoffs at a time when our economy can least afford it . Power companies, the State of Texas, and even a workers' union challenged the new regulations in court.

So the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocked the EPA by holding that the regulations might cause irreparable harm. It is so refreshing for a court to recognize that government regulation itself can cause permanent injuries. This year's political candidates would do well to follow Ronald Reagan's example of campaigning against oppressive regulations.

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