Airing Their Opinions
The editorial pages of the nation’s major papers weighed in this week on an appeals court decision released last Friday that invalidated air quality standards for ozone and particulates approved by Pres. Clinton in 1997. The New York Times and Washington Post criticized the ruling, with the Times saying it has “shaky constitutional underpinnings” and urging the administration to appeal. The Wall Street Journal, unsurprisingly, praised the decision for curbing the power of agencies to make important policy decisions. The Journal also ran a celebratory op-ed by arch-rivals of the standards.