Sweeping changes could have big implications for coal's future
Bipartisan majority of U.S. House of Representatives calls on EPA to stop bad regulations
Attorneys general letter to EPA
In February 2011 South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson sent a letter to all attorneys general in the United States asking for commitment to oppose the EPA's proposed "Endangerment Finding" issued in 2009.
We need to tell Congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Given its design and focus on the local and regional levels, the Clean Air Act is ill-suited to address greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide.
Yet without an energy or climate bill, the EPA is taking steps to use the law to impose regulatory rules on stationary sources, like power plants and industrial facilities. Depending on the statutory threshold, these rulings could potentially affect thousands of sources.
One of the law’s principal authors, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has said using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions would result in a “glorious mess.” Why? Because it could effectively make new facilities impossible to build, existing facilities difficult to maintain, and will raise our electricity rates, jeopardizing thousands of jobs. It would be like using a hammer to tighten a screw; it may be possible to do, but it’s not the right tool for the job. Similarly, the Clean Air Act is not the right tool for addressing climate change.
Several members of the House and Senate have introduced proposals to limit the use of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions or delay any regulations. A delay would allow Congress time to develop comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.
It’s NOT in our nation’s best interest to allow the EPA to decide how greenhouse gas emissions should be regulated using an inappropriate law. Legislation is more appropriate than regulation.