406 Dirksen EPW Hearing Room
James M. Inhofe
I appreciate you holding today’s legislative hearing on S.1499. But I question the need for your bill. I appreciate that
I prefer a simpler approach – areas with dirty air that violate the Clean Air Act should clean up their air. That is why I introduced legislation last Congress to significantly raise penalties in the dirtiest areas of the country to encourage them to obey the law. If they did that, fewer people would die from air pollution. It’s that simple. This bill takes the approach of penalizing clean ports to ease the economic burden on dirty ports. This turns the idea of State’s rights on its head.
The fact is that this law is bad for the
I find it ironic that this Committee has spent so much time dealing with legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and then we would consider a bill that, according to the IMO Secretary General, could result in increased carbon dioxide emissions due to investments abroad in new refining equipment.
Madame Chairman, the