At the end of this week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release an updated draft rule to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. Environmentalists call the regulation long overdue, but Republican lawmakers are pushing back.
A white-paper report released by House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., on Friday says state regulators should decide how to manage greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants. In short, according to Whitfield, EPA is overreaching.
The paper sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and authored by 17 state attorneys general and one state regulator attacks the agency’s efforts to create performance standards for existing power plants and is just as critical of its attempts to regulate new plants.
“The way in which EPA has “˜pushed the envelope’ in interpreting its legal authority … portends a similarly aggressive and unlawful approach to the regulation of existing [power plants],” the white paper states.
It concludes that proposals to cap emissions from new and existing plants are symptomatic of a larger, underlying problem — EPA’s efforts to wrest regulatory power away from the states.
“EPA, if unchecked, will continue to implement regulations which far exceed its statutory authority to the detriment of the states, in whom Congress has vested authority under the Clean Air Act, and whose citizenry and industries will ultimately pay the price of these costly and ineffective regulations,” the paper contends.
State regulators, the attorneys general argue, are better positioned to create performance standards for power plants, given their familiarity with local conditions and the feasibility of implementing proposed changes.
An EPA spokesman contested the arguments laid out in the white paper, saying that the agency has clear authority to regulate air pollutants, including greenhouse gases emitted by power plants, under the Clean Air Act.
Whitfield’s release of the report came just days before his scheduled hearing Wednesday on President Obama’s second-term climate agenda. The hearing marks the first time that administration officials will be invited to testify on the president’s climate action plan proposed in June and will feature testimony from McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
“Congress rejected cap-and-trade, but the administration is still moving full-speed ahead with an aggressive climate-change agenda that threatens to drive up energy costs and undermine America’s global competitiveness,” Whitfield told National Journal Daily in an e-mail. “EPA’s power-plant regulations are a key part of this agenda, so I expect members will question McCarthy about these new standards due to the potential implications of the regulations for states, business, and consumers.”
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Before we get to the specifics of this exposé about escorts working the Iowa and New Hampshire primary crowds, let’s get three things out of the way: 1.) It’s from Cosmopolitan; 2.) most of the women quoted use fake (if colorful) names; and 3.) again, it’s from Cosmopolitan. That said, here’s what we learned:
- Business was booming: one escort who says she typically gets two inquiries a weekend got 15 requests in the pre-primary weekend.
- Their primary season clientele is a bit older than normal—”40s through mid-60s, compared with mostly twentysomething regulars” and “they’ve clearly done this before.”
- They seemed more nervous than other clients, because “the stakes are higher when you’re working for a possible future president” but “all practiced impeccable manners.”
- One escort “typically enjoy[s] the company of Democrats more, just because I feel like our views line up a lot more.”
No matter where you stand on mandating companies to include a backdoor in encryption technologies, it doesn’t make sense to allow that decision to be made on a state level. “The problem with state-level legislation of this nature is that it manages to be both wildly impractical and entirely unenforceable,” writes Brian Barrett at Wired. There is a solution to this problem. “California Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced the ‘Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016,’ which we’ll call ENCRYPT. It’s a short, straightforward bill with a simple aim: to preempt states from attempting to implement their own anti-encryption policies at a state level.”
Much has been made of David Brooks’s recent New York Times column, in which confesses to missing already the civility and humanity of Barack Obama, compared to who might take his place. In NewYorker.com, Jeffrey Frank reminds us how critical such attributes are to foreign policy. “It’s hard to imagine Kennedy so casually referring to the leader of Russia as a gangster or a thug. For that matter, it’s hard to imagine any president comparing the Russian leader to Hitler [as] Hillary Clinton did at a private fund-raiser. … Kennedy, who always worried that miscalculation could lead to war, paid close attention to the language of diplomacy.”
The New Covenant. The Third Way. The Democratic Leadership Council style. Call it what you will, but whatever centrist triangulation Bill Clinton embraced in 1992, Hillary Clinton wants no part of it in 2016. Writing for Bloomberg, Sasha Issenberg and Margaret Talev explore how Hillary’s campaign has “diverged pointedly” from what made Bill so successful: “For Hillary to survive, Clintonism had to die.” Bill’s positions in 1992—from capital punishment to free trade—“represented a carefully calibrated diversion from the liberal orthodoxy of the previous decade.” But in New Hampshire, Hillary “worked to juggle nostalgia for past Clinton primary campaigns in the state with the fact that the Bill of 1992 or the Hillary of 2008 would likely be a marginal figure within today’s Democratic politics.”
At first, “it was pleasant” to see Trevor Noah “smiling away and deeply dimpling in the Stewart seat, the seat that had lately grown gray hairs,” writes The Atlantic‘s James Parker in assessing the new host of the once-indispensable Daily Show. But where Jon Stewart was a heavyweight, Noah is “a very able lightweight, [who] needs time too. But he won’t get any. As a culture, we’re not about to nurture this talent, to give it room to grow. Our patience was exhausted long ago, by some other guy. We’re going to pass judgment and move on. There’s a reason Simon Cowell is so rich. Impress us today or get thee hence. So it comes to this: It’s now or never, Trevor.”