Editorial: Regulation Without Representation

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(WOIO) - World leaders, scientists and others are gathering in Copenhagen this week for the United Nations climate summit. Nations are expected to agree on a number of steps - necessary or not - to address the issue of global warming. The Obama administration, meanwhile, isn't taking any chances that Congress might not approve whatever the President agrees to in Copenhagen.

The Environmental Protection Agency on orders from the White House Monday formally declared that greenhouse gases primarily from the burning of fossil fuels pose a threat to human health. That clears the way for the administration to begin regulating emissions from power plants, factories, automobiles and the like by Fiat, ithout approval of Congress.   Some view this incredible move by the administration as a prod to force congress to act on costly climate chanwithoutislation, while others probably more accurately see the action as a way to give members of Congress a cover so they won't have to vote on this controversial issue.

The debate over climate change is far from over, but however the argument ends, it ought to be members of Congress. Including those from big coal producing and manufacturing states who sign off on these laws. Otherwise, it's regulation without representation.

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