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Thanks for not abolishing the EPA when you controlled the Congress and the White House for over four years under George W. Bush. Note the beginning of this story from the Washington Post:

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday a regulation more than two decades in the making that requires coal- and oil-fired power plants to control emissions of mercury and other poisons for the first time.

About 40 percent of the nation’s roughly 1,400 coal- and oil-fired utilities lack modern pollution controls on toxic emissions; the new requirement is expected to prompt the closure of some of the oldest and dirtiest plants.

Congress gave the EPA the authority to limit these toxins — which include mercury, arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide — in 1990, but disagreements among federal regulators, industry officials and activists over how best to regulate them have stalled action until now.

The Washington Post reported the full details of the regulation on Friday, the day EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed the regulation into law, but the agency did not publicly disclose the rule until Wednesday.

Signed the regulation into law? The EPA is its own Congress and Lisa Jackson is the president. Toxins or no toxins, there is no constitutional authority for the EPA to make regulations or to even exist. Thanks Nixon.

8:04 am on December 22, 2011