Most policy wonks are inclined to think that carbon pricing is a much better idea than regulating greenhouse gasses under the existing Clean Air Act framework. This has led most media coverage of EPA action to lose sight of the fact that the voting public is enthusiastic about the Clean Air Act and basically all kinds of anti-pollution efforts:
The public’s strong preference for regulatory solutions that hide costs rather than make them explicit is regrettable. But it is what it is, and if this is the only politically viable way to regulate air pollution than that’s where we are. The Obama administration needs to stay firm, and the business community and its allies in the conservative movement need to start getting real and come back to the table for negotiations about better ways of promoting clean energy.