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EPA Climate Rules: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?


Piles of coal are shown at NRG Energy's W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Thompsons, Texas.(AP Photo)  (AP Photo)

Are the climate-change regulations President Obama has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to draw up striking the right balance between reductions of carbon emissions and economic realities?

At a Senate hearing last week, a middle ground was elusive as Republicans assailed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for not adhering to sound science and not paying enough attention to economic concerns. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats stressed the urgency of the climate issue, and a group of environmental groups sent a letter to Obama saying he hasn't done enough to show his commitment to climate change over an "all of the above" energy policy.


EPA is the centerpiece of Obama's climate plan, which he hopes to make a legacy of his presidency, and yet he doesn't seem to be making either side very happy.

How is Obama doing so far with his Climate Action Plan, of which EPA is the cornerstone but not the only part? For those who don't think Obama is doing enough, what more could he do to implement his plan? For those who don't like Obama's climate agenda, what is feasible given the reality that he's not going to withdraw his plan altogether?

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