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Congress, not Endangered Species Act, should dictate carbon policy

May 18, 2009

The Washington Post has more on the carbon debate with an editorial today titled “Cold Reality.”

The Post argues that the government’s stance on reducing carbon emissions should be driven by policies set by Congress, not the protections of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Apparently during former President George W. Bush’s tenure, environmental activists began using designations from the Act to challenge carbon-emitting projects around the country. The Post believes that the right method for dealing with carbon is not through bureaucrats but through legislation, such as the various carbon plans being considered now.

From the editorial –

The work on this bill is far from done, and the debate on the House floor promises to be spirited, as it should be. We continue to hope that Congress will consider a simpler carbon tax rebated to all taxpayers or less bureaucratic versions of cap-and-trade, such as that proposed by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). But it’s encouraging that lawmakers are undertaking to meet the challenges of climate change. The responsibility is theirs, not that of unelected bureaucrats using laws far beyond their intended purpose.

Check it out.

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