July 11, 2008
Brian Kennedy (202) 434-8200

EPA Proposal the most sweeping, pervasive in history

Washington, D.C. – The Institute for Energy Research (IER) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on carbon.  IER Director of State Affairs Dan Simmons issued the following statement:

“I’m not sure which is more alarming – the unprecedented regulatory framework suggested in this document or the constitutional conundrum that this process represents,” Simmons said.  “To paraphrase Justice Antonin Scalia – giving EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gasses – as this rule seeks to do – would bring everything ‘from Frisbees to flatulence’ under the regulatory authority of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats without so much as a vote in the Congress.  The economic consequences of this rulemaking are severe and would deliver a crushing blow to domestic energy production at a time when energy prices are crippling American families.  For the sake of our economy, this comment period should continue indefinitely.”

EPA Administrator Johnson echoes these sentiments. In the preamble to today’s release he stated that this would be an “unprecedented expansion of EPA authority that would have a profound effect on virtually every sector of the economy and touch every household in the land.”

For IER’s issue summary and analysis of the proposed rule, click here.

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) is a not-for-profit public foundation that conducts intensive research and analysis on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy markets.  Founded in 1989, IER is funded entirely by tax deductible contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. No financial support is sought for or accepted from government (taxpayers).

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