The thinking is that state regulation is more flexible than EPA regulation. But how about no regulation of greenhouse gases?
State lawmakers held a special hearing Saturday (and held their noses) as Wyoming is steadily dragged, kicking and screaming, toward regulating greenhouse gases.
“There are a lot of us who maybe don’t want to regulate (greenhouse gases) because we don’t believe it’s an issue. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about,” Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development interim committee co-chairman Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, said in opening the hearing.
Lawmakers had to rush to draft legislation to allow the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to begin forming a program to regulate industrial greenhouse gases, which the world’s top scientists believe are a major contributor to global warming. Their urgency is to avoid relinquishing primacy of pending new federal air quality regulation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…