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Proposed Horse-Trade on Climate Change and the Clean Air Act

January 14, 2014

More discussions this week in Washington over climate change (see link).  Just a thought for Republican and Democratic leaders.  The best way it seems to get what you want is to help others get what they want.

Horse Trade on the Clean Air Act

 Proposed Horse-Trade on Climate Change and the Clean Air Act

Update the Clean Air Act.  Needs to be updated anyway.  Been 23 years.  Already been revised 4 times.  Inevitable it happens again.  Might as well be now.  Here is the proposed horse trade:

►   Democrats:  You get climate change incorporated expressly in a statute and can avoid years of litigation.  You also get a more simplified, transparent, and more effective Clean Air Act.

►   Republicans:  You get a more coordinated, more predictable, and less expensive regulatory system for all pollutants that essentially removes the permitting process and allows businesses to react quicker to market opportunities.

Here is what this might look like (see link and link and link).

Sure seems better to horse trade than keep shovelling what comes out the back end.

The world is changing.  We must change with it.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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