The Bush administration skewed its analysis of pending legislation on air pollution to favor its bill over two competing proposals, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Oct. 27 analysis of its plan — along with those of Sens. Thomas R. Carper (D‑Del.) and James M. Jeffords (I‑Vt.) — exaggerated the costs and underestimated the benefits of imposing more stringent pollution curbs, the independent, nonpartisan congressional researchers wrote in a Nov. 23 report. The EPA issued its analysis — which Carper had demanded this spring, threatening to hold up the nomination of EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson — in part to revive its proposal, which is stalled in the Senate.
Bad, bad news.