Alex's Outlook

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The Bush Administration has gutted an onerous Clean Air Act mandate that forces power plants to install insanely expensive pollution controls before upgrading.

It's always a pleasant surprise when Bush stands up for his constituents - heavy industry in this case - and takes flak for doing it. That means that he is willing to take at least a little flak for doing something right. However, pollution probably won't increase as a result of the ruling because power plant owners had such a huge dis-incentive to upgrade in the first place. (Replacing heavy machinery had to be accompanied by installing expensive new pollution-control equipment, so many power plant owners just decided to keep their old, creaky, polluting machinery instead.)

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