EPA to Regulate Life on Earth?

Published November 30, 2006

Dear Editor:

Attempting to force EPA to regulate carbon dioxide through a court order is a weak and transparent attempt to circumvent the elected officials who have considered the question and deliberately chosen not to enact alarmist laws and regulations.

The Clean Air Act is very comprehensive and explicitly addresses many forms of pollution. The fact that it fails to label carbon dioxide a pollutant is a pretty clear indicator that EPA is not required to regulate it.

If Congress intended to cap or regulate carbon dioxide, it could have easily done so and still can; they call it passing legislation.

James Taylor ([email protected]) is senior fellow for environmental affairs for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.