Despite a Supreme Court order telling it to act, the Environmental Protection
Agency said Friday that it couldn't propose any regulation of greenhouse gases
under the Clean Air Act because the issue was too complex and there were too
many objections from other federal agencies.
Critics said the EPA announcement, contained in a 588-page report that calls for
120 days of public comment, was tantamount to the Bush administration refusing
to carry out a Supreme Court order. But EPA administrator Stephen Johnson
defended his agency's action by calling the Clean Air Act unsuited for the task.
"Based on the analyses to date, pursuing this course of action would take
decades and inevitably result in a very complicated and likely convoluted set of
regulations. If our nation is truly serious about regulating greenhouse gases,
the Clean Air Act is the wrong tool for the job," Johnson said.
The Supreme Court ruled more ...