Policy Documents

An EPA War on Coal?

Richard L. Gordon –
March 26, 2013

The minimum complaint with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is that defects in environmental legislation denounced by economists for decades continue to produce bad results. Environmental statutes set impossibly ambitious pollution standards. The resulting policies are expensive to implement. Those policies lead to EPA and industry delay, which then leads to environmentalists’ use of lawsuits to enforce the ambitious standards. Accordingly, interminable delay becomes inevitable.