The EPA is no longer interpreting existing law; these proposed rules are in the realm of lawmaking. Congress declined to pass cap-and-trade legislation to limit total greenhouse gas emissions, recognizing that a de facto energy tax would impede an already anemic economic recovery. Undeterred, President Barack Obama is using EPA regulations to limit energy production and use, including regulating CO2 under the Clean Air Act, classifying coal fly ash as a hazardous waste, imposing stricter standards for ozone and creating new rules for industrial boiler use.
Peter S. Glaser is an attorney specializing in energy and environmental law in Washington, D.C. Glaser, who received a J.D. from George Washington University, specializes in environmental regulation and litigation, particularly in the area of air quality and global climate change. He has taken part in numerous EPA rulemakings and judicial appeals at the local, state and federal levels. Glaser has testified on climate change issues before Congress and is an expert on greenhouse gas regulatory and legislative matters.