If he were elected, would a President Mitt Romney rein in the
Environmental Protection Agency?
According to one think tank, it's not clear
there is much he could do. Patrick J. Michaels, director of the
Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute,
does think a President Romney would probably try to get the EPA to
reduce its regulatory impact on carbon dioxide and greenhouse
"But it's unclear how much he can really do," concedes Michaels.
"In 2007, the Supreme Court held that if the EPA found that carbon
dioxide and other greenhouse gases endangered human health and
welfare, then according to the Court, the EPA must regulate it --
presumably to the point at which it no longer endangers."
That means a President Romney, or any president for that matter,
cannot just simply say You no longer have to
regulate, explains the Cato spokesman.
"The EPA would have to turn around its finding of endangerment,"
Michaels tells OneNewsNow. "And that is a very difficult task
because they were very meticulous about the scientific and
technical background that they used to create the initial
endangerment finding, which came out of the Obama administration in
Michaels has been an outspoken critic of the initial
endangerment finding. Cato plans to release an addendum to that
information in the coming days.