Re "State may sue EPA over clean air law," April 26
While California is heading down an economically treacherous path with its Kyoto-like laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should grant the state a waiver to the Clean Air Act. The principle of federalism, on which our republic is based, is to allow each state to act as a laboratory of democracy, letting states experiment with their own regulatory paradigms and having states learn from each other's successes and failures.
So, while the EPA would be doing Californians a favor by keeping it from enacting laws that are close to economic suicide, the long-term success of our nation requires that we let states make mistakes. Even though California will probably suffer real self-inflicted damage for getting caught up in the junk science of global warming, the EPA should just get out of the way.