The New Federalism

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"The New Federalism"


I’d forgotten about the Bush administration’s idiosyncratic take on states’s rights and air pollution until I read about how we’re going to start heading in a non-insane direction:

President Obama on Monday will direct federal regulators to move swiftly to grant California and 13 other states the right to set strict automobile emissions and fuel efficiency standards, two administration officials said Sunday evening.

The directive makes good on an Obama campaign pledge and marks a sharp reversal from Bush administration policy. Granting California and the other states the right to regulate tailpipe emissions is one of the most dramatic actions Mr. Obama can take to quickly put his stamp on environmental policy.

Around Wednesday of last week I got myself into a funk about the daunting politics of getting the environmental policy we need. This is a welcome reminder of how important it is just not to have an administration that tries as hard as it can to make things as bad as possible.

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