Given my history, I’ve got just a slightly different but same view. The unique thing about the EPA among all the other regulatory agencies is that their mandate is efficiency over everything else- functionality, reliability, performance- everything. So where other agencies require cushion, even to an absurd degree (stupid current limiters in ceiling fans and gas cans that can do everything but pour gas out), EPA constantly drives to efficiency alone.
This creates the absurdity in Texas. Where any rational engineering assumption would assume max + 10-15% as a target, particularly in something crucial like a power grid, with EPA there’s no safety slack allowed. Sure, in the last 150 years or so we’ve never seen more than X. Clearly that’s the line. But the earth’s 4.5 billion years old. So we’ve seen directly maybe about 0.000003% of that history. And much of that suffers from huge scientific reliability problems with that data.
And there are no brakes. EPA is also unique in it’s structure and authority. Unless someone can effectively ice their ambitions (and I still think Trump could ultimately win thatin the next year or two), I don’t know what can be done to stop the onslaught.