WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today voted for H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, a bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from usurping Congressional authority by regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
“The implementation of cap-and-tax regulations by the EPA would callously jeopardize countless jobs across our nation and dramatically increase the cost of energy for every American consumer,” said Dent. “Legislation to establish a national cap-and-tax regime failed to advance in Congress in the past because elected officials from both parties understood the destructive impact the scheme would have on the American economy. EPA’s transparent attempt to circumvent Congress and impose these misguided regulations through the bureaucratic process is extremely troubling.”
By the EPA’s own estimates over 10,000 facilities in the U.S. would be forced to comply with the new regulations, driving up the cost for nearly every industrial activity, including the production of cement, generation of power and refining of oil and gas. Critics of the EPA’s efforts have expressed concern that the high cost of compliance will ultimately drive domestic industrial production – and jobs - overseas, where pollution standards are far weaker than those outlined in the existing Clean Air Act.
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted unilateral action by the United States to regulate greenhouse gases would have no impact on global CO2 levels. Yet, under Administrator Jackson’s direction, the EPA continues to advance job-threatening regulations with no clear environmental or public health benefits.
H.R. 910 does not prevent individual states from pursuing climate policies and does not weaken the Clean Air Act in its current form.