President Obama has proposed reinvigorating the Superfund hazardous waste site cleanup program by reinstating excise taxes on the chemical and oil industries. Those taxes, which lapsed in 1995, would be restored in 2011 "after the economy recovers," according to last week's White House budget documents. The administration predicts that the taxes would raise $1 billion to pay for cleanups when no polluters could be found or when those responsible failed to pay. Is this a good idea?
-- Margaret Kriz, NationalJournal.com