Thursday, October 6, 2011

EPA Admits Their Error, Backs Off

In what was promising to be a very hot potato politically, the EPA has backed off its order to shutdown power plants in 10 states. Admitting they had used incorrect data, they proposed to rollback the order today.

This kind of error is exactly why the EPA has effectively shot itself in the foot this year. But, it does suggest that the agency has some severe internal problems if an order can be issued based upon incorrect data which adversely affects the lives of millions of citizens. Perhaps a radical restructuring of the agency is called for.

In this case the Republicans were right to level severe criticism of the agency. Had they gone through with the shutdowns, it would have meant the end of the EPA very quickly. The Democrats should thank the Republicans for cutting the agency off before it committed political suicide.

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