In light of the Obama administration's ongoing review of federal regulations, should the Environmental Protection Agency delay the various clean-air regulations that it's rolling out now?
EPA is in the process of drafting and finalizing several significant sets of standards to control air pollution from power plants, manufacturing plants, oil refineries, and industrial boilers. Multiple sources told National Journal last week that EPA was looking to delay proposing greenhouse-gas standards for power plants and oil refineries, the most politically contested set of rules at the agency now. EPA has already said it would indefinitely delay mercury standards for boilers.
What factors should EPA consider when deciding whether to delay a set of standards and deciding the length of the delay? What signal do the delays send to Congress? What influence will the 2012 presidential and congressional election cycle have on EPA issuing its regulations?