Rep. Gene Green Cosponsors Legislation to Suspend EPA Regulations and Protect Texas Jobs, Economy
March 11, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Gene Green cosponsored legislation to suspend for two years potential Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations from stationary sources to give Congress time to enact comprehensive energy legislation.
“Today I took important action to protect Texas industries and jobs as we move toward a clean energy economy,” Green said. “The U.S. Congress, not EPA, should develop energy policies that have far-reaching implications for consumers, chemical manufacturers, refiners, and other energy-intensive industries. This legislation calls for a ‘time-out’ from EPA regulations from stationary sources so elected representatives, not federal bureaucrats, can craft legislation to protect our environment and economy.”
Rep. Green cosponsored H.R. 4753, the Stationary Source Regulations Delay Act, which directs that for two years after enactment, the EPA can take no regulatory action and that no stationary source shall be subject to any requirement to obtain a permit or meet a New Source Performance Standard under the Clean Air Act with respect to carbon dioxide or methane. The bill, however, does permit EPA to move forward with its consensus-based light-duty vehicle emissions standards that are expected to eliminate 950 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and save 1.8 billion barrels of oil consumption.
“While the EPA is responding to a decision by the Supreme Court that found greenhouse gases are a pollutant, the EPA is not equipped to take into account the economic impact of these carbon regulations, nor can it take into account the unique needs of consumers or the energy and chemical industries,” Green continued. “Our region requires a thoughtful, comprehensive energy policy developed by Congress that keeps our local industries competitive and does not disadvantage areas of the country that rely on oil and natural gas.”
In April 2007, the Supreme Court held in Massachusetts v. EPA that the Clean Air Act definition of “air pollutants” includes greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA was therefore charged to determine whether greenhouse gas emissions endanger the public health or welfare. In December 2009, the EPA published its final rule concluding that these emissions are “anticipated both to endanger public health and to endanger public welfare.” The endangerment finding obligates the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. Once greenhouse gases are "subject to regulation" under the Clean Air Act, the EPA will also be required to regulate stationary sources of greenhouse gas emissions.