Environmental stalemate? by ProQuest


When the Clinton administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) energetically enforced 15-year-old air quality regulations, coal-fired electrical power plants and major industrial plants resisted but lost in court. In three reports commissioned by Congress in the 1990s, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) said that the EPA was "broken" because it lacked authority to give states and local communities (and businesses) the incentives and tools needed to address complex problems such as nonpoint pollution, ecosystem restoration, and climate change. The robust federal climate/energy legislation that Congress seems likely to write in the near future will be founded on central ideas of the next generation: setting measurable goals, focusing on results, and using economic incentives and innovative, flexible approaches to drive reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

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