EPA has built upon its greenhouse gas ‘finding’ (that GHGs contribute to global warming and thus constitute a hazard to public health) using an interlocked, four-pronged strategy:
- Encourage California and other states to adopt nonstandard fuel-economy requirements.
- Expropriate the authority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in setting fuel-economy standards for the auto industry.
- Take the lead on setting U.S. climate and energy policy.
- Administratively amending the Clean Air Act (”tailoring” is the term of art) to make the Act workable for CO2, methane and other greenhouse gases it was never meant to regulate.
It's probably time to prune EPA severely, while allowing enough of it to remain so that it can monitor and co-ordinate the activities of various State-level (and similarly focused) agencies.
Fold the remnant into Interior.