The “endangerment finding” issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last week could backfire on the Obama Administration's intent to regulate greenhouse emissions.

That is the opinion expressed in an editorial last week by The Wall Street Journal. The editorial uses this logic:

  • Now that the EPA has taken responsibility, why would Congress want to stick its neck out and pass something as politically contentious as cap-and-trade? It’s a high-stakes game of “hot potato.”
  • If EPA does try to enforce the “endangerment finding," it will have to come up with some evidence that will stand up in court, because industry is already gearing up to fight this one on legal grounds. And Climategate doesn’t help the government’s stand. If the scientists themselves are skeptical about global warming, how can the government prove its case? Lawsuits could tie the whole thing up for years.

Read the entire editorial.