EPA Has Begun a Regulations Blitz

The Environmental Protection Agency is on a regulatory spree.

As it tries to build momentum for the summer release of its rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and prepares for international climate talks, the EPA has finalized, proposed or called for a bunch of new regulations in rapid succession over the past several weeks.

The moves have garnered cheers from allies who say President Obama is acting alone because the Republican-led Congress won’t honor what they say are obligations in federal law to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, smog and the like.

But critics call the effort an “unprecedented” attack on industries. They also question whether the Clean Air Act, the federal law the administration says it is trying to implement, actually calls for the main course on Obama’s climate menu — proposed carbon emissions limits on power plants, which are due for finalization in August.