In a statement recorded for Platt’s Energy Podium, EPA Administrator, Stephen Johnson said that EPA may not promulgate regulations on greenhouse gases emissions under the Clean Air Act “before President Bush leaves office in January,” 2009. That being said, Mr. Johnson indicated that the EPA would make a call for public comments on the subject by June 21, 2008, in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).
Mr. Johnson went on to state that he believed that a “legislative fix” is a better approach to take with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, since “the Clean Air Act is [not] the most efficient and effective way of addressing a new pollutant that is a global pollutant.”
With respect to the Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, where the court told the EPA that if it determined that climate change posed a danger to the public, the agency must regulate CO2, the Administrator said that the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would respond to it. No mention was made of the recently filed action to enforce the Supreme Court’s opinion in Massachusetts v. EPA.
With the Lieberman-Warner Bill working its way through Congress containing a a cap-and-trade proposal that would limit emissions and allow companies to trade permits pollute, Mr. Johnson did not say whether he would support the proposal. Although he did not specify any approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, he did say that emission reduction “needs to be done in a responsible way . . . a market-based approach is the most efficient and Most effective.”