The American Interest
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Thank Fracking To Save the Planet, Defeat the Greens

The President’s new emissions rules are as historic as they are contentious, and it’s too early to see whether they can efficiently achieve their intended effect. What is clear, however, is that this breakthrough was made possible in spite of—not thanks to—the environmental movement, and that lasting green progress will come at the expense of the biases and ideals of those who claim they want to save the planet most.

Published on June 6, 2014

The Obama Administration unveiled what will be looked back on as one of its marquee domestic policy rollouts earlier this week, a set of new emissions regulations on our country’s power plants. These plants account for almost 40 percent of U.S. emissions, a significant enough chunk to attract federal regulatory attention, and the new rules set out by the Environmental Protection Agency will force states to put in place plans to reduce average plant emissions (unit of carbon dioxide per unit of electricity) 30 percent by 2030 from their levels in 2005. It’s a bold move—the boldest...