It's a blank check.
It was terse and highly effective, written for people without much time by a person who controls the purse strings for the Republican Party.
This radical proposal is a 180-degree flip-flop from what the administration has been arguing in court. Instead of protecting public health, now EPA wants to protect the polluters. The proposal would completely sabotage clean-air law enforcement, and it would be open season for power plants to pollute even more than they do now.
Irish eyes are surely smiling -- and we all will be breathing easier -- with this green court ruling on St. Patrick's Day. The court recognized the blarney in the administration's plan to gut a key part of the Clean Air Act and rejected it. Now thousands of dirty facilities will not be able to pollute more.
Streamlining is one thing. Amputation surgery is another -- and that's what we're talking about here.
The Bush administration was clearly humiliated by its unwillingness to follow the scientific recommendations. Johnson found himself making a political decision over the strenuous objections of the outside experts and frustrations of inside scientists. He appeared to be torn between observing a scientific consensus and honoring his political obligations to the trucking, power-plant, and other fuel-burning industries.