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An update on the ins and outs of the Environmental Protection Agency

October 23, 2013

Guests: Erica Martinson and John H. Cushman, Jr.

Recently, in a move that raised concerns among the coal industry, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would regulate the amount of pollution that can be emitted from future power plants. Last week, the Supreme Court announced it would hear what is a “sequel” to Massachusetts v. EPA – a case in which the agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources has been challenged. But at the same time, the Court let several key EPA regulations stand. Meanwhile, the Agency’s new administrator Gina McCarthy has taken a tough stance on combating climate change. Do all these changes point to a tougher, more assertive EPA? We’ll turn to ERICA MARTINSON, an energy reporter for POLITICO Pro, and JOHN H. CUSHMAN, JR., a contributor to InsideClimate News, for perspective on the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in Obama’s second term.

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