Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What the heck is happening at the White House on climate?

It was bad enough when it appeared that the White House had pushed the EPA to consider a weaker and industry-friendly plan to deal with toxic coal ash.

And, as you know, there’s been much criticism about perceptions of the White House’s lack of commitment when it came to pushing Congress to deal with the climate issue.

But now this?

The White House has taken the extraordinary step of siding with the biggest and most vile polluters – against progressive states -- in a federal court case. The White House is urging the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that would have permitted “nuisance” suits against big sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

What the heck is happening?

Some believe the Obama White House, having failed to enact climate change legislation, has adopted the old maxim when it comes to polluters: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. (I do not believe this is true of EPA.)

Or is this just skittishness going into the elections? If so, what other questionable decisions lie ahead after this round of elections, as the White House gears up for the next round?

I think they owe us a better explanation than the one given so far.

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