REUTERS/Mike Blake- A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013. California Highway Patrol and the Air Resources Board were inspecting trucks for compliance to California's air pollution laws.
Collaborative Federalism in Climate Policy?
December 2, 2013,
Barry Rabe writes that as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency develops new source performance standards (NSPS) for existing power plans with substantial greenhouse gas emissions, states may well begin to advance their case for flexible treatment based not on their federalism rhetoric but their actual environmental performance. Perhaps the newest chapter in the remarkable odyssey of the Clean Air Act should take this into account, possibly further stimulating state, local, and regional innovation at a time when Washington seems less and less capable of anything of consequence.