(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, made the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s National Climate Assessment.

“The Administration’s Climate Assessment suffers from problems similar to those in reports put forward by the IPCC; while intended to be a scientific document, it’s more of a political one used to justify more government overreach.  Definitive policy decisions and regional planning based on far too many uncertainties could hurt our nation’s economic viability and competitiveness. Look no further than the European nations the Obama Administration aims to imitate whose policy decisions led them to economic failure,” Vitter said.

On January 16, the EPW Committee held a hearing to review the President’s Climate Action Plan. You can read Vitter’s opening statement here.

Republicans continue to gather the facts behind the Administration’s justifications for their regulatory actions, including repeatedly asking for the intermediate steps and analysis supporting the Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) estimates. An anonymous interagency working group has developed the SCC estimates which are critical for the Administration’s environmental agenda because the higher the number, the more benefits can be attributed to costly regulations and standards. Click here to read Vitter’s request to Janet McCabe, nominee to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) regarding the social cost of carbon.

In July, 2014 EPW Republican's released an in-depth report entitled, “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Questions to Consider Before Taking Regulatory Action and Implementing Economic Policies.”