Alternate title: Jackson Strikes Back
In what will not, I hope, be the last strikethrough of Bush administration EPA rules, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson effectively re-instated a ban on new coal-fired power plants. In the waning days of the Bush era, then EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson refused to allow the EPA to regulate carbon emissions as a pollutant from coal-fired power plants claiming that a ruling of law on the matter was merely a "suggestion." Jackson, as expected, disagreed and has now kicked off a new rule-making process for carbon from coal plants. As Grist observes, this may be the starting point for the EPA to regulate carbon more generally under the Clean Air Act. And as the Sierra Club's chief climate counsel David Bookbinder points out, the uncertainly surrounding the regulation will likely freeze financing for investments in coal. Good times.