Washington, D.C. – A group of House Republicans today sent a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs regarding the EPA’s recent “endangerment” ruling on carbon dioxide. On December 7, 2009, the EPA found that carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” endanger public health and welfare. The effect of the ruling is the federal regulation of virtually anything with a carbon dioxide byproduct-except human breath.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith joined Congressmen Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) in calling for the EPA proposal to be reconsidered and withdrawn. The Members argued that the EPA’s ruling will strike a devastating blow to the already struggling American economy.
According to the letter, the EPA finding vastly expands federal regulation to “virtually every economic activity undertaken in America.” The Members warned that small businesses will be especially burdened by the permitting requirements imposed by the Clean Air Act.
Ranking Member Smith issued the following statement along with the letter:
“Forcing Americans to curb our carbon dioxide emissions unilaterally puts us at a competitive disadvantage with other countries and will result in American jobs being sent overseas. Companies that cannot comply with new emissions rules will be shut down, devastating the economy and killing American jobs.
“Texas will be one of the states most harmed by the rule. Texas utilities and construction companies, farmers and small business owners will have to prove to Big Brother that they are within new guidelines established by government employees in Washington.
“Congress must oppose EPA’s rule, which is an overreach of authority that kills American jobs and further burdens American workers.”
Following the EPA ruling last year, House Republicans announced their plan to introduce a resolution disapproving the EPA’s ruling and calling for Congress to block the Administration’s efforts.