EPW Republicans Request Hearing on President’s Proposed Cap-and-Trade Rule
June 19, 2014
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with all EPW Republican Senators sent a letter to EPW Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), requesting a Committee hearing, with federal witnesses, to examine the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants that is part of the President's Climate Action Plan.
"If it's such a great plan, bring it to Committee - let's debate it, and vote on it. The American people should not be kept in the dark regarding the consequences of the actions this Administration is taking that have the potential to negatively impact employment, job creation, and our national debt without any material benefit to the climate," wrote the Senators. "As our government sets in motion a litany of new actions with significant economic implications, we ask that you allow for Congressional oversight of federal policy decisions related to these attempts at controlling the climate."
In the letter, the Senators request that witnesses for the hearing include EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe, as well as representatives from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Council on Environmental Quality, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
EPA's recently proposed rule is expected to have a less than 2% impact on global carbon emissions reductions because it will not impact the world's largest carbon emitters like China, India, and Russia. However, the rule will result in less reliable electricity with much higher prices on all Americans.
Signing yesterday's letter are Sens. Vitter, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).