In One Eye

Sunday, November 09, 2003
There's something happening here, but what it is ain't exactly clear.
The attorneys general of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut say they are ready to open a new round of litigation to force power plants to make billions of dollars of pollution-control improvements after a decision by the Bush administration to abandon more than 50 investigations into possible violations of the Clean Air Act.

The state officials said they would move quickly to fill some of the void left by the Environmental Protection Agency, which decided this week to drop the investigations at the old coal-fired plants, a major source of the air pollution that drifts over the Northeast.
This business of blue states being dissatisfied to the point of litigation with federal policy is evocative of the whole "states' rights" brouhaha of the fifties and sixties having to do with integration. Clearly, there's a moral difference, but it "ain't exactly clear."

At the very least, this is another example of the phenomenon of northeastern states not getting what they're paying for from the federal government.