House Continues Pressing for EPA Greenhouse Regulation Curbs

By Published On: March 4, 2011

In its second hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power brought together more industry, economic, and legal representatives March 1 to debate the urgency of acting to ameliorate global warming. “Controlling U.S. carbon emissions--along with other policy and investment measures to address climate change and advance clean energy technology--is critical to our nation’s economy,” Dan Reicher, Stanford University law professor, insisted. He urged the panel to fund research and development “aggressively”--to not only spur the economy, but to keep up with China. Paul Cicio, president, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, countered, “EPA greenhouse gas regulation is an example of a regulation that creates uncertainty and discourages investment.” This was Cicio’s second appearance on the matter before the subcommittee. The hearings are prompted by the change in House leadership on the committee from Democratic to Republican. With Congress unable to pass climate change legislation in the last years, the Environmental Protection Agency took over establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. President Obama’s administration moved ahead following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the EPA’s authority in this area. At press time, the House Continuing Resolution on the budget would cut EPA’s budget by 30 percent

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