Commentary: It's Open Season On The Epa

With the coming of each summer, as familiar as the smell of Coppertone at the beach, Republicans launch an attack on what they see as overly regulatory environmental policy. In recent congressional sessions, environmentalists have managed to fend off much of the barrage. But the heated atmosphere of election-year politics and the public furor over high gasoline prices have emboldened GOP lawmakers. The result: Washington is witnessing the fiercest environmental shootout since 1995, when House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared war--unsuccessful in the end--on the Clean Air Act. "It's the tip of a very serious assault," says Frank O'Donnell, director of environmental advocacy group the Clean Air Trust.

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