In the absence of a climate change bill, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with its Clean Air Act mandate to begin regulating carbon dioxide emissions. But what, exactly, is happening. Dave Roberts checks in with a detailed post. Lots of action, but as he says “Climate hawks shouldn’t expect much from these upcoming regulations. They won’t be a substitute for the climate bill. Not even close.”
The fundamental problem is that unless we’re planning on not using any electricity in the future, we need to actually replace dirty power plants with clean ones and the EPA can’t conjure up solar panels. You need congress.